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Rogers Collection on East Africa

Reference Code: GBR/0115/RCS/Y30468A-I

Scope and Contents

This collection of photographs relates to Roger's career on the East African mainland and in Zanzibar. Hardly any of the photographs are captioned, but there are some cuttings from the Zanzibar Gazette inserted and from these and from the Gazette itself it has been possible to identify a large number of the subjects with reasonable certainty. Some photographs are by A.C. Gomes and J.B. Coutinho; others are possibly by Rogers himself.


  • Creation: 1890 - 1905


Conditions Governing Access

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Biographical / Historical

Alexander Stuart Rogers was born at Peshawar on 13 November 1862, son of Lt. Gen. Sir Robert Gordon Rogers, KCB (whose portrait is at Y30468A/47). After education at Wellington College he served with the Punjab Police from 1882-1890, arriving in Mombasa in July 1890 with a contingent of the police engaged for the service of the Imperial British East Africa Company. The following year he became administrator of the Protectorate of Witu, and when the British Government took over the East Africa Protectorate in 1895, became a sub-Commissioner and took part in numerous military expeditions in command of Sudanese troops. In 1901 he was appointed Regent of Zanzibar during the minority of Sultan Seyyid Ali Ben Hamud. When this post ended in October 1905 he returned to England and retired on pension. In 1907 he married Mary Spackman, who died in January 1971. He served in France in the First World War ending with the rank of Major and died in Carshalton on 15 July 1930. He had a reputation as an autocratic but able administrator.


.08 cubic metre(s) (8 albums and 1 folder containing 592 images) : photograph

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

Presented by Gordon A.H. Rogers in June 1971.

Existence and Location of Copies

This collection is available on microfiche: Africa, fiche numbers 79-91.


This item level description was entered by KS using information from the original typescript catalogue.

Date information

DateText: Dates approximate, estimated with reference to Rogers' biographical details..


Rogers, Alexander Stuart, 1862-1930

Includes index.
2003-07-01 17:11:06+00:00
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Repository Details

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