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Faviell Collection of Ceylon [i.e. Sri Lanka] Railway views, 1867

Reference Code: GBR/0115/RCS/Y303A

Scope and Contents

Collection of albumen prints mounted on cards, mostly by Slinn and Co. (viz W.L.H. Skeen and Co.). Two of these photographs (of the Darporee viaduct) relate to Faviell's years in India and the remainder to the construction and opening of the Colombo-Kandy line.


  • Creation: 1851 - 1867


Conditions Governing Access

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Biographical / Historical

William Frederick Faviell (1822-1902) was a contractor working on the Great Indian Peninsular Railway from 1851. He later secured the contract to build the Colombo-Kandy railway in Ceylon (1863-1867).


44 item(s) (44 images)

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Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

good condition unless specified otherwise.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Given by Captain Douglas Faviell, R.N., in February 1940.

Existence and Location of Copies

This collection is available on microfiche: South Asia, fiche number 87.


A list of the Faviell Collection can be found in: Simpson, Donald H. ed., 'The manuscript catalogue of the library of the Royal Commonwealth Society', (London, 1975). Simpson, Donald H. ed. (1978), 'Railway pioneering in Asia', The Royal Commonwealth Society, Library Notes, New Series no. 203, p.1-3. Quotations not otherwise attributed are from 'The Colombo and Kandy Railway: an account of a trip … on Friday, April 5th, 1867', (Colombo, 1867).


This item level description was entered by NE and MJC using information from the original typescript catalogue.


Faviell, William Frederick, 1822-1902, railway engineer

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