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Report on Gilbert and Ellice Islands

Reference Code: GBR/0115/RCS/RCMS 310

Scope and Contents

An incomplete, printed report, 86 pages, with manuscript marginal annotations and a 2-page typed introduction by the R.C.S. Librarian. The report comprises papers respecting the declaration of a British Protectorate over the Gilbert Islands by Captain Davis, of H.M.S. 'Royalist', and general reports on the Gilbert, Ellice and Marshall Islands. The original cover, which is made out of a linen-backed chart of Macquarie Harbour, Tasmania, is bound in at the start. Loose with the volume is a typescript copy of some of the sections of the report.


  • Creation: 1892


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Biographical / Historical

Admiral Edward Henry Meggs Davis (1846-1929) served in Japan at the bombardment of Kagosima, 1863, and at the capture of the Forts Simonoseki, 1864. He was a member of the Naval Brigade during the Xhosa War, 1877-1878, and took part in the Zulu War of 1879. Davis was involved in the establishment of British dominion over the Gilbert and Ellice Islands, hoisting the flag on thirteen islands of the Gilbert Group during 1892. He was appointed a member of the Legislative Council of Jamaica in 1900, and subsequently became Assessor to the House of Lords in Admiralty Appeals. He died on 6 October 1929.


1 volume(s) (1 volume) : paper

Language of Materials


Former / Other Reference

MSS 96

Other Finding Aids

Donald H. Simpson, ed., 'The manuscript catalogue of the library of the Royal Commonwealth Society' (London, 1975), p. 178.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Presented by Mrs C.R. Swayne, 1922.

Existence and Location of Copies

The contents of the volume are similar, but not identical to Foreign Office Confidential Print 6269 in P.R.O. ADM 1/7113: Z.172/1892.


This collection level description was created by RAS. The biographical history was compiled with reference to the entry on Admiral Davis in 'Who was who', vol. III, 1929-1940 (London, 1967), p. 339.


Davis, Edward Henry Meggs, 1846-1929, Admiral

Includes index.
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