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Mombasa and East African Steamers

Reference Code: GBR/0115/RCS/Y30468L

Scope and Contents

Collection of loose prints, modern copies of photographs in the archives of the East African Railways Corporation, Nairobi, made for Brian T. Yonge during the 1970s when he was carrying out research into the history of East African Railways and Harbours. The photographs are captioned on the back by Yonge or A.T. Matson. The captions have been used as titles and have been recorded as found. The prints relate to Mombasa, chiefly in the 1890s, and the steamer transport across Lake Victoria which ended with the extension of the railway in the 1960s. Many were taken by Commander Benjamin Whitehouse, R.N., who was in East Africa in the 1890s and was engaged in the Uganda Railway Survey 1899-1906.


  • Creation: 1890 - 1977

Conditions Governing Access

Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (


40 item(s) (40 images)

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Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

All photographs are in good condition unless otherwise stated.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Presented by Mr Yonge through A.T. Matson, circa 1977.

Existence and Location of Copies

This collection is available on microfiche: Africa, fiche numbers 93-94.


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

Date information

DateText: The dates are approximate..



Includes index.
2006-08-15 12:22:54+00:00
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Repository Details

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