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F.G. Banks photographs

Reference Code: GBR/0115/RCS/Y3011ZZ

Scope and Contents

The photographs are housed at RCMS 167. Captions are from information supplied by H.B. Thomas and C.R.S. Pitman.


  • Creation: 1880 - 1952


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Biographical / Historical

Frederick Grant Banks was born in London in 1875. In the mid 1880s his family moved to New Zealand, where he attended Christ's College, Canterbury, and the Lincoln Agricultural College. After his father's death, Banks left for Africa, landing in Mombassa in March 1896. He was successively a trader, a government official (in agricultural and forestry work), a planter, an elephant hunter, a game ranger and again a planter, in Kenya and, for most of his career, Uganda. In 1951 he retired to London where he died three years later.


6 item(s) (6 images)

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Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

In good condition, unless otherwise indicated.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Presented by H.B. Thomas and C.R.S. Pitman in 1968.

Related Materials

The RCS Collection also contains: a) circa 70 letters from Banks to his widowed mother and two sisters; b) one folder of correspondence and notes of C.R.S. Pitman, H.B. Thomas and others with further details of F.G. Banks. These are housed at RCMS 167.


An account of Bank's career appears in: Matson, A.T. (1973), 'Letters of a Pioneer Uganda Trader and Planter', The Royal Commonwealth Society, Library Notes, no. 189. For further information on Bank's letters see: Matson, A.T. (1975), Report on the Letters of Frederick Grant Banks (1875-1954) in Uganda, 1896-1905, London : Royal Commission on Historical Manuscripts.


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

Date information

DateText: Dates approximate (estimated with reference to Banks' biographical details)..


Banks, Frederick Grant, 1875-1954, trader and planter

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