Photographs of Mashonaland and Matabeleland
Scope and Contents
An album containing mounted prints measuring approximately 240 x 180 mm, with captions beneath the prints written in a fine copperplate hand. The photographs show scenes taken between June and September 1890 during the Pioneer trek in what was later to be Southern Rhodesia (currently Zimbabwe). On July 9 1891, soon after his return to England, Surridge delivered a lecture to the Royal Colonial Institute, entitled 'Matabeleland and Mashonaland'. This talk was illustrated with lantern slides of which these prints are presumably the originals.
The ordering of the prints in the album bears little relation to the chronology of the trek itself and possibly reflects the order in which the lantern slides accompanying Surridge's lecture were shown. A more correct order would be (showing print number, then area, then approximate date):
14, 17, 18 Umzingwane River July 15
11, 12 Banyailand July
15, 16, 20 Nuanetsie River July 28
10, 13, 21 Lundi River August 2
19 Savana Buli Rock August 2
2, 3, 6 Tokwe and Tokwani Rivers Early August
8, 9 Somoto's Kraal August 20
1, 4, 5, 7 Unspecific or unidentified locations ?
- 1890-06 - 1890-09
- Surridge, Frank Harold, fl1890 (Person)
Conditions Governing Access
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Biographical / Historical
Reverend Frank Harold Surridge had originally gone to South Africa to take up a position as Chaplain to the Archbishop of Cape Town but instead accepted the post of Church of England Chaplain to the Pioneer Column. Surridge did not settle in Mashonaland and later accepted a chaplaincy in India; he was still alive, in retirement, in 1940.
1 album(s) (21 images in 1 album)
Language of Materials
Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements
Fair condition, with some fading at the edges.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
The album was presented to the Royal Colonial Institute in June 1891.
Existence and Location of Copies
This collection is available on microfiche: Africa, fiche number 140.
The text for the lecture is printed in: Royal Colonial Institute (1891), 'Matabeleland and Mashonaland', 'Proceedings of the Royal Colonial Institute', vol. XXII, pp.305-331, London: Royal Colonial Institute.
This collection level description was entered by SG using information from the original typescript catalogue.
Surridge, Frank Harold, fl 1890
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