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John Seymour Benson Collection

Reference Code: GBR/0115/RCS/RCMS 364

Scope and Contents

Letters, diaries and photographs.


  • Creation: 1928 - 1973

Conditions Governing Access

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Biographical / Historical

John Seymour Benson was born at Riverside, Middleton St. George, and was educated in Hemel Hempstead and Leyton Park before attending Chillon College, Villeneuve, Switzerland during 1928-30. Benson studied Geology at Trinity Hall, Cambridge, during 1930-33, where he was an avid rower, and coached the college boat. In 1933, Benson participated in the Oxford University Expedition to the Arctic as Assistant Geologist-Surveyor. In 1934 he attended the School of Mines, Camborne, before accepting employment with East African Concessions prospecting for gold in Kenya. In 1938 he began working for Gold Coast [Ghana] Selection Trust. After his return to Britain and the outbreak of the Second World War, Benson served as an Early Defence Local Volunteer. In May 1941 he was called up and joined the Royal Engineers, being posted to India in 1943. In 1947, Benson went to work for London and African Mining Trust in Nigeria. In 1950 he joined Consolidated African Selection Trust in the Gold Coast, working in the diamond industry. In 1965, he was appointed Senior Geologist, Geological Survey Department, Ghana, and worked for a time for the State Diamond Corporation. Between 1968 and 1973, Benson worked as a mining consultant and technical assistance officer for the Ministry of Lands and Mineral Resources in Ghana.


4 archive box(es) (4 boxes) : paper/photograph

Language of Materials


Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

fair condition

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by Michael Stewart Benson, John Benson's nephew, in 2011.


This description was created by MJC.


Benson, John Seymour, 1911-86, geologist and mining engineer

Includes index.
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