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Trousdell Southern Nigeria Photographs, 1905-7

Reference Code: GBR/0115/RCS/Y3043A-B

Scope and Contents

A collection of albums of photographs taken by Trousdell whilst posted in Nigeria and on leave from that posting.

Y3043B, a larger album of 201 prints, contains most of the photographs in this volume as well as later work. 56 captioned photographs record the period from January 3 - October 13 1907 during Trousdell's second tour of duty at Bonny. A few uncaptioned photographs have not been identified as to date or place. The prints in the earlier album are generally in a better state of preservation.


  • 1905 - 1907


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Biographical / Historical

William Hugh Cornwallis Trousdell (1879-1915) was educated at Carlisle and Queen's College, Oxford (where he obtained his degree in Modern History in 1903). Trousdell was appointed a clerk in the Colonial Audit Department in June 11 1904. The following year he received an overseas posting, and assumed his duties as Assistant Auditor at Calabar on July 7 1905, making a journey up the Cross River in November and December. From January to July 1906 he was based at Bonny and sailed for England on his first leave aboard the S.S. 'Sekondi' on July 13.

Trousdell arrived at Bonny for his second tour of duty on January 3, 1907. He returned to Lagos as acting Local Auditor on February 17 1908, and was transferred to the Treasury as a Financial Assistant 2nd Grade on July 26 1908, promoted to 1st Grade January 1 1910. Prior to the amalgamation of Northern and Southern Nigeria on January 1 1914, Trousdell was appointed Chief Accountant of the combined Railway Department. While returning from England on leave his ship, the Elder Dempster steamer S.S. 'Falaba' was torpedoed by a German submarine in St. George's Channel on March 28 1915. Trousdell's was among the 104 lives lost.


2 album(s) (297 images in 2 albums)

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Existence and Location of Copies

This collection is available on microfiche: Africa, fiche numbers 27-29.


Biographical information on Trousdell comes from: Simpson, D (ed.) (1966), 'Albums of Southern Nigeria 1905-1907', The Royal Commonwealth Society, Library Notes, New Series no. 118, p.1-2; Southern Nigeria and Nigeria Blue Books; The Southern Nigeria Civil Service List (1907 and 1912).


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


Trousdell, William Hugh Cornwallis, 1879-1915

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