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Petherick, John (1813-1882)

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0120 MSS.5787-5791
Held at: Wellcome Library
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Full title: Petherick, John (1813-1882)
Date(s): 1862-1870
Level of description: Collection (fonds)
Extent: 5 volumes
Name of creator(s): Petherick | John | 1813-1882 | explorer and Consul at Khartoum
Petherick | Katherine Harriet | 1827-1877 | wife of John Petherick
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Administrative/Biographical history:

John Petherick was a traveller in East Central Africa. He entered the service of Mehemet Ali, and was employed in examining Upper Egypt, Nubia, the Red Sea coast and Kordofan in an unsuccessful search for coal, 1845-1848; trader at El Obeid, the capital of Kordofan, 1848; British consular agent for Sudan; ivory trader in Khartum, 1853; travelled extensively in the Bahr-el-Ghazal region, then almost unknown, exploring the Jur River, Yalo and other affluents of the Bahr el Ghazal river; explored the Niam-Niam country, 1858; returned to England, 1859; British consul in Sudan, 1861; Royal Geographical Society mission to convey to Gondokoro relief stores for Captains Speke and Grant, 1862; returned to England, 1865, and adopted the profession of mining engineer; died, 1882.


Scope and content/abstract:

Travel journals and papers of John Petherick and his wife Katherine Harriet Petherick, 1862-1870.

Access & Use

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Conditions governing access:

The papers are available subject to the usual conditions of access to Archives and Manuscripts material, after the completion of a Reader's Undertaking.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Photocopies/photographs/microfilm are supplied for private research only at the Archivist's discretion. Please note that material may be unsuitable for copying on conservation grounds, and that photographs cannot be photocopied in any circumstances. Readers are restricted to 100 photocopies in twelve months. Researchers who wish to publish material must seek copyright permission from the copyright owner.

Finding aids:

Described in: Richard Palmer, Catalogue of Western Manuscripts in the Wellcome Library for the History and Understanding of Medicine: Western Manuscripts 5120-6244 (London: The Wellcome Library for the History and Understanding of Medicine, 1999).

Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Sotheby's 16-17 March 1931, lot 445.

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Description Notes

Archivist's note:
Copied from the Wellcome Library catalogue by Sarah Drewery.

Rules or conventions:
In compliance with ISAD (G): General International Standard Archival Description - 2nd Edition (1999); UNESCO Thesaurus, December 2001; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997.

Date(s) of descriptions:
Jan 2009

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