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Newscuttings on the Boer War

Reference Code: GBR/0115/RCS/RCMS 336

Scope and Contents

Five volumes of newscuttings from 'The Daily Mail', 'The Daily Telegraph', The Morning Post' and 'The Times' regarding the Boer War, including a few maps, and a volume of general newscuttings relating to areas where Powell worked during his career.


  • Creation: 1883 - 1927


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Biographical / Historical

Wilfred Powell (1853-1942) was born on 14 May 1853. He travelled extensively in the Pacific, and explored New Britain from 1877 to 1880. He became Consul for the Navigators Islands (Samoa) on 1 May 1885, and also Deputy Commissioner for the Western Pacific. On 1 April 1888 he was appointed Consul at Stettin, and during April-June 1889 he attended a conference on Samoa at Berlin. He was transferred to Philadelphia on 11 November 1898, becoming Consul for Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana and Michigan (an area altered in 1907 to Pennsylvania, Ohio and Delaware). He was promoted to Consul-General in 1913, and retired on 1 January 1916. Powell became a Fellow of the Royal Colonial Institute in 1880. He died on 4 February 1942.


6 volume(s) : paper

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Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

The spines of many of the volumes are damaged and in some cases are completely detached.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

RCMS 336/1-5 were presented by Miss M. Russell, April 1940. RCMS 336/6 was presented by Miss M. Powell, daughter of Wilfred Powell, October 1942.

Related Materials

The R.C.S. Manuscripts Collection includes material collected by Wilfred Powell relating to General Edward Braddock, RCMS 238, and Powell's personal papers, RCMS 311. The R.C.S. Photograph Collection includes Powell's photograph album, Y309B, and his photographs of Samoa, Y309993A.


Further information about Wilfred Powell can be found in 'Royal Commonwealth Society library notes', no. 64, April 1962, pp. 1-3.


This collection level description was created by RAS.


Powell, Wilfred, 1853-1942, explorer and consular official

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