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British Cameroons 1937-42

Reference Code: GBR/0115/RCS/Y3043BB

Scope and Contents

A collection of negatives (with accompanying notes) each housed in brown paper. Dalrymple's titles and annotations on the sleeves have been recorded as found and may include language which is offensive, inaccurate or inappropriate. They have been retained to reflect the context of the collection's creation. Two essays are also filed with the negatives: Thomas Dalrymple 'A pagan wake: the funeral celebrations for the father of the chief of Bande' and M.D. Jeffreys 'West African caps', which used Dalrymple's photographs as illustrations.


  • Creation: 1937 - 1942


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Biographical / Historical

Thomas Hardie Dalrymple was born in Rangoon. He was taken to Scotland at the age of 5 and educated at the private school at Bridge-of-Allan and at Glasgow University. He worked as a doctor in Welsh coal mines before joining the Colonial Medical Service on 25th March 1931. He served in Sierra Leone (1931-33), Nigeria (1933-35), Gambia (1935-37) and finally in Nigeria again (1937-1950). He retired in 1950 and remained in Nigeria, opening a private practice at Jos. He finally left Nigeria in 1961 and settled on the Isle of Man.

Dalrymple was an amateur photographer and contributed photographs to various publications.


.03 cubic metre(s) (3 archival boxes and 1 envelope containing 400 images) : negative/photograph

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Related Materials

The West African collection of Thomas Dalrymple can be found at RCMS 113/25.


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


Dalrymple, Thomas Hardie, b 1900, doctor

Includes index.
2004-08-11 15:28:20+00:00
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