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Lady Swettenham collection (Malaya and Jamaica)

Reference Code: GBR/0115/RCS/Y3031C

Scope and Contents

Photographs by various photographers and three other items. They relate to the career of James Alexander Swettenham, who, after serving in Ceylon and Cyprus, became Colonial Secretary in Singapore in 1895. He was Governor of British Guyana 1901-1904 and of Jamaica 1904-1907. His period in Singapore coincided with the service in Malaya of his more famous brother, Sir Frank Swettenham. Their father was James Oldham Swettenham, Solicitor of Belper.


  • Creation: 1880 - 1953


Conditions Governing Access

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Biographical / Historical

Mary Emily Swettenham, nee Copeland, was the widow of Sir (James) Alexander Swettenham (1846-1933).


.003 cubic metre(s) (1 folder containing 12 images and 3 documents) : photograph/paper

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

Presented by the British Columbia Provinicial Archives, March 1983. The collection was formerly the property of Lady Swettenham who lived in the Empress Hotel, Victoria for ten years preceding her death in January 1953; her photographs were placed in the Archives but as they had no relevance to British Columbia were offered to the RCS.


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


Swettenham, Lady, Mary Emily, 1905-1935

Includes index.
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Repository Details

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