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Portrait of Sir Frederick Gordon Guggisberg, circa 1920

Reference Code: GBR/0115/RCS/Y30448E

Scope and Contents

Half length signed studio portrait of Sir Gordon Guggisberg measuring 173 x 235 mm. Guggisberg (1869-1930) was born in Canada and after an English education was commissioned into the Royal Engineers in 1889. After service in Singapore and at Woolwich he was employed under the Colonial Office in 1902 on a survey of the Gold Coast. In 1905 he was appointed Director of Surveys. In 1910 he became Director of Surveys, Southern Nigeria and in 1913 Surveyor-General of Nigeria. After war service, during which he was awarded the D.S.O., Guggisberg was appointed Governor of the Gold Coast in 1919. He remained in this post until 1927 and was instrumental during this period in the founding of Achimota College. He was Governor of British Guiana 1928-29 but was compelled to retire through ill health.


  • 1920


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Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

Good condition, apart from a few bends.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Presented by Ronald Wraith in 1982.

Existence and Location of Copies

This collection is available on microfiche: Africa, fiche number 64. CN 3249.


Guggisberg's publications include: Guggisberg, Frederick Gordon, (1900), 'The shop: the story of the Royal Military Academy', London; New York: Cassell and Company, limited; Guggisberg, Frederick Gordon, (1929), 'The future of the Negro', London: Student Christian movement press; Guggisberg, Frederick Gordon, (1911), 'Handbook of the Southern Nigeria survey', Edinburgh: Printed for the Southern Nigeria Survey by W. and A.K. Johnston; Guggisberg, Frederick Gordon, (1903), 'Modern warfare', London: ; Guggisberg, Frederick Gordon and Moore, Decima (1909), 'We two in West Africa', London: W. Heinemann. For a full biographical treatment see: Wraith, Ronald Edward (1967), 'Guggisberg', London: Oxford University Press.


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


Marceau, - , fl 1920-1929 photographer

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