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Edward John Dunn Collection

Reference Code: GBR/0115/RCS/Y305L

Scope and Contents

A collection of prints of various sizes. The photographs are mostly family portraits and albumen print cartes de visite of leading individuals in South Africa during his time. However, there are also some photographs of his retirement home, Roseneath, showing artifacts he had collected (35-53). The captions have been used as titles and may include language which is offensive, inaccurate or inappropriate. They have been retained to reflect the context of the collection's creation. Captions supplied by the cataloguer are enclosed in square brackets.


  • Creation: 1860 - 1937


Conditions Governing Access

Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (

Biographical / Historical

Edward John Dunn was born in Bristol in 1844 but when he was five his parents emigrated to Australia, where he eventually became a geologist. Returning to England in 1871 he broke his journey at the Cape and spent two years investigating the mineral potentialities of the Colony. After further training in England, he returned to South Africa in 1875. In 1886 Dunn went back to Australia and eventually became director of the Geological Survey of Victoria. After his retirement in 1912 Dunn continued his geological and anthropological researches. He died aged 92 on 20 April 1937.


.003 cubic metre(s) (1 archive box containing 53 images) : photograph

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

Presented by Miss Lilian Dunn of Melbourne through Dr G.F. Claringbull, Keeper of Mineralogy, British Museum (Natural History) in 1960.

Existence and Location of Copies

This collection is available on microfiche: Africa, fiche numbers 170-172.

Related Materials

The RCS Library also contains drafts of Dunn's autobiography, letters and other papers. These are housed at RCMS 39.


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

Date information

DateText: The dates are approximate.


Dunn, Edward John, 1844-1937, geologist

Includes index.
2003-09-10 17:12:27+00:00
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Repository Details

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