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Colombo (inhabited place)

 Subject
Subject Source: Local sources

Found in 174 Collections and/or Records:

 Item

Colombo Harbour, 1907

Reference Code: GBR/0115/RCS/Fisher 1/12
Scope and Contents

Dug out canoe and boys diving for coins.

Dates: 1907
Conditions Governing Access: From the Fonds: 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 mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
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Colombo Harbour, 1890 - 1899

Reference Code: GBR/0115/RCS/Y303G/3
Scope and Contents

274 x 208 mm. View from the water’s edge looking across the harbour, with small boats and lighters moored in the foreground and larger craft beyond. The view appears to have been taken from beside the passenger jetty just north of the Grand Oriental Hotel.

Dates: 1890 - 1899
Conditions Governing Access: From the Fonds: 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 mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
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[Colombo harbour], 1932

Reference Code: GBR/0115/RCS/RCMS 20/2/11/41
Scope and Contents

66 x 51 mm.

Dates: 1932
Conditions Governing Access: From the Fonds: 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 mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
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[Colombo harbour], 1932

Reference Code: GBR/0115/RCS/RCMS 20/2/11/42
Scope and Contents

79 x 54 mm.

Dates: 1932
Conditions Governing Access: From the Fonds: 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 mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
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Colombo Harbour, pilot boat, 1907

Reference Code: GBR/0115/RCS/Fisher 1/9
Scope and Contents

Landscape format.

Dates: 1907
Conditions Governing Access: From the Fonds: 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 mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
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Colombo Harbour, pilot boat, 1907

Reference Code: GBR/0115/RCS/Fisher 1/10
Scope and Contents

Landscape format.

Dates: 1907
Conditions Governing Access: From the Fonds: 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 mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
 Sub-Series

[Colombo, Kandy and the ruined cities of Anuradhapura and Polonnaruwa], 1895 - 1900

Reference Code: GBR/0115/RCS/PC Ceylon/28-55
Scope and Contents

Monochrome postcards showing views in Colombo, Kandy and the ruined cities of Anuradhapura and Polonnaruwa, published by Platé Ltd.

Dates: 1895 - 1900
Conditions Governing Access: From the Fonds: 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 mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
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Colombo, Museum, 1900

Reference Code: GBR/0115/RCS/PC Ceylon/3
Scope and Contents

The printed caption on the reverse reads: 'M.B. Uduman's Copyright No. 67. Printed in Saxony. Published by 'The Travellers Mart', 14 York and Ballie Street, Colombo'.

Dates: 1900
Conditions Governing Access: From the Fonds: 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 mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
 Sub-Series

[Colombo scenes], 1900

Reference Code: GBR/0115/RCS/PC Ceylon/13-27
Scope and Contents

Monochrome postcards, mainly of Colombo scenes, published by W.H.L. Skeen and Co.

Dates: 1900
Conditions Governing Access: From the Fonds: 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 mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
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Colombo Station, 1867

Reference Code: GBR/0115/RCS/Y303A/3
Scope and Contents

214 x 160 mm. View looking back along the line towards the station platform, with a locomotive and carriages in the foreground: ‘A very striking view too is that in which an engine and train are photographed in the foreground, with contrasted masses of cocoanut and other foliage rising over and above these triumphs of man's art’ (p5). (Perera, ‘The Ceylon railway’, p. 68, dated in the 'sixties').

Dates: 1867
Conditions Governing Access: From the Fonds: 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 mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
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Colombo Station, Fort in distance, 1867

Reference Code: GBR/0115/RCS/Y303A/2
Scope and Contents 212 x 159 mm. View of the exterior of the building from the north west, ‘As a picture, however, the palm must be given to the view from the hill above, in which the Lake, the little islet opposite the Government Factory, the Pettah and the Fort of Colombo form the really beautiful background; a massive group of palms to the left of the foreground fulfilling the exigency of all truly oriental scenes. By way of violent contrast we suppose and to commemorate the primitive modes of conveyance...
Dates: 1867
Conditions Governing Access: From the Fonds: 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 mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
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Colombo, the capital of Ceylon, 1830 - 1850

Reference Code: GBR/0115/RCS/RCMS 365/5/4
Scope and Contents

140 x 57 mm colour print.

Dates: 1830 - 1850
Conditions Governing Access: From the Fonds: 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 mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
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[Colombo: the Grand Oriental Hotel is in the centre distance], 1903

Reference Code: GBR/0115/RCS/Y309993C(LS)/118
Scope and Contents From the Fonds: A collection of glass lantern slides, 82 x 82 mm, mostly of Samoa, taken by John Snowden Smithson. Smithson visited Samoa on holiday and presumably the remaining slides (5 of them unidentified, 13 of Yosemite National Park and 10 of Ceylon), together with a map, date from the same period. None of the slides are captioned, but the first 91 slides have numbers on their left hand corners, running from 20/10 to 30/9, with a few gaps, and presumably represent the sequence in which the...
Dates: 1903
Conditions Governing Access: From the Fonds: 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 mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
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Colombo. View from the Fort Railway Station, 1907

Reference Code: GBR/0115/RCS/Fisher 1/47
Scope and Contents

Half-plate. New offices for Public Works Department in course of erection. Hoods of bullock carts are of dead palm leaves. Building is of red brick, but mostly hidden by screens of plaited cocoanut [i.e. coconut] leaves to keep rain off new brick work. (Fisher). [Wooden scaffolding all round building].

Dates: 1907
Conditions Governing Access: From the Fonds: 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 mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
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Colombo. Water buffalos in street, 1907-12

Reference Code: GBR/0115/RCS/Fisher 2/176
Scope and Contents

Showing tower with lantern top. (Clock tower white. Water buffalos a dirty gray colour). (Fisher).

Dates: 1907-12
Conditions Governing Access: From the Fonds: 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 mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
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Colombo. Water buffalos in street, 1907-12

Reference Code: GBR/0115/RCS/Fisher 2/177
Scope and Contents

Showing tower with lantern top. (Clock tower white. Water buffalos a dirty gray colour). (Fisher).

Dates: 1907-12
Conditions Governing Access: From the Fonds: 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 mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
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Commandant’s quarters, Slave Island from Galle Face [historic title], 1875

Reference Code: GBR/0115/RCS/Y303B/38
Scope and Contents

206 x 155 mm. View looking east from Galle Face towards the narrow northern portion of the Island, with the main part of the lake beyond. The commandants’ quarters (exact location unidentified, but presumably near the old Parade Ground) are a set of two large bungalows connected by a narrow wing in which the main entrance is set.

Dates: 1875
Conditions Governing Access: From the Fonds: 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 mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
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Depositing concrete in bags on the sea berm March 1884, 1884-03

Reference Code: GBR/0115/RCS/Y303C/10
Scope and Contents 258 x 208 mm. View looking seawards along the breakwater and showing the ‘Titan’ crane lowering concrete onto the berm beside the breakwater. An apron 24 feet wide composed of 10 bags of concrete was constructed to protect the top of the sea berm from disturbance. This work was completed between 11th February and 2nd April 1884, during which time 712 bags were deposited. The ‘Titan’ was a huge gantry crane which moved along two sets of track set into the breakwater. It was capable of...
Dates: 1884-03
Conditions Governing Access: From the Fonds: 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 mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
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Depot Wharf March 1885, 1885-03

Reference Code: GBR/0115/RCS/Y303C/11
Scope and Contents

258 x 207 mm. View from near the root of the breakwater looking towards the warehouses, coaling sheds, etc at the base. The ‘Titan’ crane can also be seen at the base.

Dates: 1885-03
Conditions Governing Access: From the Fonds: 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 mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
 File

Diary of an escape from Singapore in Feb. 1942, after the fall of Singapore to the Japanese, 1960 - 1961

Reference Code: GBR/0115/RCS/RCMS 103/12/3
Scope and Contents

Copy of a diary by Oppenheim describing the retreat of the army to Singapore, the city's surrender and his escape initially by sail boat to Sumatra, Sri Lanka and then Bombay. The diary is anonymous, but Mortimer Hay, who also participated in the escape, has identified its author as Oppeneheim, based upon internal evidence and comparisons of its manuscript with Oppenheim's handwriting. For Hay's account see RCMS 103/12/4.

Dates: 1960 - 1961
Conditions Governing Access: For conservation reasons, this collection must be read on Cambridge Digital Library or Master Microfilm Reel 8234.
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Diary of M.C. Hay, 1960 - 1969

Reference Code: GBR/0115/RCS/RCMS 103/12/4
Scope and Contents

This is a copy of a diary describing Hay’s active service during the Malayan campaign, beginning with his joining the battery in mid-Dec. 1941. He saw action at Kuala Selangor and during the siege of Singapore. After its surrender, he escaped by ship on 16 Feb., reaching Sumatra on 21 Feb. and then Sri Lanka on 1 Mar. 1942. See RCMS 103/12/3 for another account of the same escape written by H.R. Oppenheim (21 sheets).

Dates: 1960 - 1969
Conditions Governing Access: For conservation reasons, this collection must be read on Cambridge Digital Library or Master Microfilm Reel 8234.
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Farewell, Colombo, 1975

Reference Code: GBR/0115/RCS/RCMS 389/12/15
Scope and Contents

140 x 110 mm black and white photograph of the Smedleys with Russian Ambassador, Mr Nishanov, presumably during a farewell party.

Dates: 1975
Conditions Governing Access: From the Fonds: 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 mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
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Fishing canoes on the beach, 1886

Reference Code: GBR/0115/RCS/Y303P/8
Scope and Contents

270x214mm.

Dates: 1886
Conditions Governing Access: From the Fonds: 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 mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
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Flagstaff, Colombo Convicts at work line to Breakwater, 1874

Reference Code: GBR/0115/RCS/Y303B/40
Scope and Contents

196 x 144 mm. View from the sea shore looking east towards the flagstaff and the old light house (later, with the top two stories demolished, the signaller’s residence). In the foreground, on the Galle Buck, parties of convicts can be seen at work preparing the site of the future stone yard built to supply the Colombo Breakwaters works (see Y303C). This site later became the Central Timber Depot of the Forestry Department.

Dates: 1874
Conditions Governing Access: From the Fonds: 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 mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
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Flagstaff, showing light house or clock tower, 1874

Reference Code: GBR/0115/RCS/Y303B/41
Scope and Contents

194 x 143 mm. A similar view to Y303B/41, but looking slightly more to the south (i.e. right hand side) and showing the top of lighthouse and clock tower (see Y303B/32) jutting out above the roof tops.

Dates: 1874
Conditions Governing Access: From the Fonds: 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 mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).

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