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DYSON, Edward Trevor (b 1886)

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0101 ICS 16
Held at: Institute of Commonwealth Studies
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Full title: DYSON, Edward Trevor (b 1886)
Date(s): 1910-1929
Level of description: Collection (Fonds)
Extent: 4 items
Name of creator(s): Dyson | Edward Trevor | b 1886 | civil servant in Ceylon
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Administrative/Biographical history:

Edward Trevor Dyson: born 1886, educated at Ruthin Grammar School, University College Wales, Aberystwyth (BA) and Jesus College Oxford (BA); Cadet, Ceylon Civil Service, 1910; office assistant to Government Agent, NW Province, 1912; Police Magistrate, Kurunegala, 1913; Police Magistrate, Kandy, 1920, Assistant Government Agent, N Eliya, 1921; Assistant Government Agent, Jaffna, 1924; District Judge, Matara, 1926; Assistant Government Agent, Kalutara, 1926; Government Agent, Anuradhapura, 1928; Government Agent, Jaffna, 1930; Government Agent, Central Province, 1934; Government Agent, Northern Province, 1935.


Scope and content/abstract:

Papers of Edward Trevor Dyson on his time in the Ceylon Civil Service, 1910-1929; comprising report 'The Spirit of Trincomalee', a description of Trincomalee at the end of 1910, including comments on visit by the Crown Prince of Germany, Prince Wilhelm; report 'The Bo Tree Incident', describing events after the cutting down of a sacred Bo Tree at Anuradhapura, 1929; letters to Bertha [the future Mrs Dyson], 1911, including description of journey to Kantalai, and the area around Kantalai, and account of journey from Trincomalee to Batticaloa, with account of his first visit to the prison at Batticaloa in his capacity as Assistant Inspector of Prisons, and of a case in court where he presided as magistrate.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

4 items as described above.

Conditions governing access:

Open although advance notice should be given.

Conditions governing reproduction:

A photocopying service is available, at the discretion of the ICS Library staff. Copies are supplied solely for research or private study. Requests to publish, or quote from, original material should be submitted to the Information Resources Manager.

Finding aids:

Catalogued to item level (see link to repository catalogue).

Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Source of acquisition by ICS unknown.

Allied Materials

Related material:

The ICS has several other collections relating to administration in Ceylon, including J R Granville Bantock ICS 27; John Ferguson (ICS 86), M W Roberts (ICS 65), T W Roberts (ICS 66), Guy Mainwaring (ICS 51), R M G Moneypenny (ICS 90) and M E Westrop (ICS 104).

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Publication note:

Description Notes

Archivist's note:
Compiled by Alan Kucia as part of the RSLP AIM25 Project.

Rules or conventions:
General International Standard Archival Description ISAD(G), 2nd edition, 2000. National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997.

Date(s) of descriptions:
Created 6/09/2001 AIM25

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