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Buchanan-Smith glass plates of Nigeria and the Cameroons

Reference Code: GBR/0115/RCS/Y3043ZZ

Scope and Contents

A collection of uncaptioned glass plates relating to Buchanan-Smith's service in Nigeria, showing his official residence, duties and travel, and Nigeria’s people and landscape. Y3043ZZ/29 appears to be a Yoruba Oba (chief) from southern Nigeria. It may be possible to identify the images with reference to Buchanan-Smith's Nigerian photographs at Y3043U-Y.


  • Creation: 1909 - 1935


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Biographical / Historical

Walter Buchanan-Smith was born on 25 May 1879 and educated at Bilton Grange Bolton and Repton. In January 1903 he was selected by the British North Borneo Company for their administrative service. He spent five years in North Borneo, and in 1909 was appointed Acting District Commissioner in Southern Nigeria. He served with the Nigeria Regiment in the Cameroons in 1914-15 and German East Africa 1916-18, being awarded the Military Cross. Returning to Nigeria he was appointed a First Class District Officer in 1918, serving in the Southern Provinces and the Cameroons, and from 1930 until his retirement in 1935 he was Lieutenant Governor of the Southern Provinces. He administered the Government of Nigeria in 1930 and 1934. In 1939 he administered the Government of the Seychelles. Buchanan-Smith became Honorary Secretary-General of the Royal Empire Society in 1941 and died on 27 November 1944.


.01 cubic metre(s) (Archival boxes containing 50 glass plates and 1 stereoscopic viewer) : glass plate

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Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

good condition

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by the Rev. T.E. Dorey in 2015.

Existence and Location of Originals

Buchanan-Smith's photographs of North Borneo are at Y3034A, and his photographs from the Seychelles are at Y30484A.

Date information

DateText: The dates are approximate..


Smith, Sir, Walter Buchanan-, 1879-1944, Knight

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