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Camera studies: Kenya 1919

Reference Code: GBR/0115/RCS/Y3046C

Scope and Contents

Album purchased from a bookseller. It is a green album with 'Camera studies' on the front cover, published by Johnsons of London, and provides interest as a record of European social life in Kenya, and numbers 20, 23-26 and 29 provide a clear and detailed picture of a white settler's sitting room. There are three gaps in the album, and though there are three loose prints (46-48) their subjects do not correspond with the captions of those missing. Inside the cover is written 'L.E. Grundy P.O. Bungalow Nairobi B.E.A. Nov 10 1919.' Photographs of 'self' indicate that L.E. Grundy was a woman (see plates 2, 5, 7, 8, 10, 21, 31-34, 38). A search has been made in the Kenya Blue Books 1916 and 1926, the Red Book 1919 and 1922 and the Kenya Annual and Directory 1921, both for her and for other Europeans shown in the photographs. No Grundy appears in the Blue Books, in the list of Senior Postal Officials in 1919, or the longer list of 1921. Mrs. L.E. Grundy is listed at Lumbwa (which is nowhere near Nairobi) in 1919, J.S. Grundy at Lumbwa in 1921, and at Dar-es-Salaam in 1922. John Sidney Grundy is listed in the Tanganyika Blue Books 1921-1924 as an Administrative Officer, first appointed 30.04.1917, which suggests he is not the Lumbwa man.


  • Creation: 1919

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48 item(s) (48 images)

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Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

Many photographs are faded.

Existence and Location of Copies

This collection is available on microfiche: Africa, fiche number 76.


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


Mrs. L E Grundy

Includes index.
2006-09-19 12:33:12+00:00
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