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SANDYS, Melvill Keverne Trelawny (b 1890)

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0101 ICS 71
Held at: Institute of Commonwealth Studies
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Full title: SANDYS, Melvill Keverne Trelawny (b 1890)
Date(s): 1922-1933
Level of description: Collection (fonds)
Extent: 1 box
Name of creator(s): Sandys | Melvill Keverne Trelawny | b 1890 | civil servant in Ceylon
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Administrative/Biographical history:

Melvill Keverne Trelawny Sandys, b 1890; joined Ceylon Civil Service in 1919, after service in World War One; Office Assistant to Government Agent, NW Province, 1922-1925; District Judge, Anuradhapura, 1925; Police Magistrate, Kurunegala, 1926; Acting Agent, Hambantota, 1927; Acting District Judge, Tangalla, 1927; Assistant Government Agent, Uva 1927; Assistant Settlement Officer, 1929; Assistant Government Agent Kaltura Oct-Nov 1931; Mannar Nov 1931-Nov 1933, Trincomalee, Nov 1933-Nov 1935, District Judge, Baddle, 1936, Acting Government Agent, Northern Province, 1937, Chairman, Municipal Council, Kandy, Nov 1937.


Scope and content/abstract:

Manuscript diaries of Melvill Keverne Trelawny Sandys as Assistant Government Agent in Mullaittivu (1922-1923) and Mannar, (1931-1933), Ceylon; subjects include visits to villages, court cases, land sales, settlement of disputes, public health, inspection of salvage operations after cyclone and tidal wave.

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Conditions governing access:

Open although advance notice should be given. Access to individual items may be restricted under the Data Protection Act or the Freedom of Information Act.

Conditions governing reproduction:

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

Finding aids:

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

Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

The source of acquisition by ICS is not known.

Allied Materials

Related material:

The ICS has several other collections relating to administration in Ceylon, including J R Granville Bantock (ICS 27); Edward Trevor Dyson (ICS 16) John Ferguson (ICS 86), M W Roberts (ICS 65), and T W Roberts (ICS 66).

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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:
Oct 2001

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