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Lubumbashi Falls collection

Reference Code: GBR/0115/RCS/Y304P

Scope and Contents

Contains sepia prints, mostly on some white background; the measurements are taken to the edge of the paper, not the photograph.
These photographs were the property of the Reverend John William Peppercorn, probably acquired between 1921 and 1923. As two (numbers 1 and 2) have the name A.G. Cooke on them, it is possible that these, and perhaps others, were taken by Mr Cooke and purchased by Mr Peppercorn. They do not relate to the work of the Mission, but are handsome views of the Lubumbashi Falls in the Katanga Province of the Belgian Congo.


  • Creation: 1921 - 1923


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Biographical / Historical

The Reverend John William Peppercorn was working for the South African Church Railway Mission, and covered Northern Rhodesia through the Belgian Congo. He lived and travelled in a caboose (a railway van hitched to a train) but also used a bicycle while the caboose was put into a siding. According to Ellison (1930) the Mission began in 1892 with the work of the Reverend Douglas Ellison and by 1930 was serving railway workers and scattered families along lines through South Africa and Rhodesia and extending Northwards.


1 file(s) (7 images in 1 file)

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Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

The photographs have been flattened, cleaned and mounted by the Conservation Department of the University of Cambridge Library.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Given by Mrs Joy Atkins, daughter of Mr Peppercorn, in October 1995.


Ellison, Dorothy F. (1930 ?), Gods highwaymen : the story of the South African Church Railway Misson, London : Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge.


This collection level description was entered by PJ using information from the original typescript catalogue.

Date information

DateText: Dates acquired by the originator..


Peppercorn, John William

Includes index.
2002-07-20 12:55:26+00:00
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