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Sir Ralph Hone collection : South Arabia

Reference Code: GBR/0115/RCS/Y3021B

Scope and Contents

An album containing scenes in the Federation, probably by official photographers. Most of the prints measure 210 mm x 160 mm, though a few are slightly smaller, and all are excellent photographs.

Between 1959 and 1965 sixteen states and the British Colony of Aden joined to form the Federation of South Arabia. In 1965 Sir Ralph Hone and Sir Gawain Bell were appointed to make recommendations for a constitution for the Federation. They reported early in 1966, but the constitution never came into effect owing to the worsening situation in the area, culminating in the British withdrawal from Aden in 1967 and the creation of what is now the Peoples' Democratic Republic of Yemen.


  • Creation: 1965 - 1966


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

Sir Ralph Hone was born on 3 May 1896. He worked in Gibraltar and a number of countries in Africa, primarily Uganda. As well as being a practising barrister, he held a number of administrative legal positions, notably Attorney-General of Uganda. He was Vice President of the Royal Commonwealth Society. Hone died on 28 November 1992.


1 album(s) (20 images in 1 album)

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Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

Good condition.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

This album was given to Sir Ralph Hone during his investigations and presented to the Library by him in April 1984.

Existence and Location of Copies

This collection is available on microfiche: Middle East, fiche number 21.


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


Hone, Sir, Herbert Ralph, 1896-1992, Knight, Major General, Colonial Administrator

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Repository Details

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