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Mary Ward photographs of West Africa

Reference Code: GBR/0115/RCS/Y3043KK

Scope and Contents

A collection of loose prints by various photographers. All relate to the life and career of Mary Alexandria Ward, MBE, RRC (1866-1965). Most of the captions are from information supplied by Dr Rachel Elliott; those in brackets are descriptive captions prepared by the Librarian.


  • Creation: 1866 - 1965


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Biographical / Historical

Mary Alexandria Ward was born in 1866. After nursing training in Tottenham, she was on the staff of the Princess Christian Hospital in Sierra Leone, 1892-1897, was in Government service in Nigeria from 1899-1917 (during which she took charge of the base hospital at Cape Coast during the Ashanti Campaign of 1900) and from 1917-1930 was again at the Princess Christian Hospital as Honorary Matron. She died in 1965.


37 item(s) (37 images)

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

Presented by Dr Rachel Elliott in 1985-86.

Related Materials

The photographs formed part of a gift including correspondence and other papers, and are kept with this material at RCMS 134.


'Sister Ward of West Africa' in 'Royal Commonwealth Society library notes', no. 273 (1986), pp. 1-5, describes Mary Ward's career and gives an outline list of this collection.


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


Ward, Mary Alexandria, 1866-1965, nurse

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