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Temple, Margaret

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0102 MS 380619
Held at: School of Oriental and African Studies
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Full title: Temple, Margaret
Date(s): 1940-1942
Level of description: Collection (fonds)
Extent: 1 file
Name of creator(s): Temple | Margaret | fl 1939-1943 | governess


Administrative/Biographical history:

Margaret Temple worked as a governess for the Ethiopian royal family at Fairfield, Bath, from 1939 to 1943. Haile Selassie (1892-1975) became Emperor of Ethiopia in 1930 and fought against the Italian invasion in 1935, but fled to British protection in 1936. In 1940, following Italy's entry into World War Two, he returned to Africa with British aid, re-entering Ethiopia and regaining his throne in 1941.


Scope and content/abstract:

Papers, 1940-1942 and undated, of Margaret Temple relating to the Ethiopian royal family, comprising three signed typescript letters to her, 1940-1942, from Fairfield, Bath, and from the Imperial Palace, Addis Ababa, including one from Haile Selassie, the subjects including care of the children, the situation in Italy, and air raids on Bath; four undated photographs of the royal family and an undated photograph of a building, possibly Fairfield.

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No publication without written permission. Apply to archivist in the first instance.

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Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Donated in 1986.

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Description Notes

Archivist's note:
Compiled by Rachel Kemsley as part of the RSLP AIM25 project. Source: information on Haile Selassie at

Rules or conventions:
Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997.

Date(s) of descriptions:
Jul 2002

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