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SHARPE, Sir Alfred (1853-1935)

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0402 ALS
Held at: Royal Geographical Society
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Full title: SHARPE, Sir Alfred (1853-1935)
Date(s): 1892-1895
Level of description: Collection level
Extent: 2 files
Name of creator(s): Sharpe | Sir | Alfred | 1853-1935 | Knight | Colonial Governor


Administrative/Biographical history:

Born, 1853; acting stipendiary magistrate, Fiji, 1885-1886; elephant hunter in connection to the African Lakes Corporation, East Africa; actively engaged in the defence of the recently founded Nyasaland Protectorate and played a leading role in the establishment of British rule in the region; Commissioner of British Central Africa, 1897-1910 (title known as Governor of the Nyasaland Protectorate from 1907); Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society (RGS), 1891-1935; RGS Cuthbert Peek Award, 1898; Member of the Council of the RGS, 1913-1917; died, 1935.


Scope and content/abstract:

Observation files of Sir Alfred Sharpe, including positions, Lake Mweru, 1892 and positions on and near Lake Nyasa including letters and calculations, 1894-1895.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

Arranged in two files.

Conditions governing access:

Accessible via The Foyle Reading Room. Free of charge for Fellows, Members and those with valid academic identification. All other users pay a charge and must bring identification in order to register on arrival.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Photocopying at the discretion of the Archivist. No reproduction or publication without the permission of the RGS-IBG Archivist.

Finding aids:

Card index available in the Foyle Reading Room.

Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:


Allied Materials

Related material:

Letter from Sharpe to Sir John Scott Keltie, (90); corr. block 1881-1910; 1911-20; 1921-30 and 1931-40.

Publication note:

Description Notes

Archivist's note:
Prepared by Archives Volunteer using existing finding aids. Revised by Sarah Drewery.
Sources: The Geographical Journal, Vol. 87, No. 2 (Feb., 1936), pp. 190.

Rules or conventions:
ISAD(G) ed. 2, name authority NRA.

Date(s) of descriptions:
5 April 2001; Jul 2008.

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