Bodleian Library logo

Department of Special Collections
Contact Information
Search All Online Catalogues

Consulting material: To consult archives and manuscripts, a full and unrestricted Bodleian reader's card (Group A) is required. You should apply for your card at the Admissions Office.

Pre-ordering: Before your visit you may order up to ten items by emailing Please be advised that some collection material is held offsite; we advise pre-ordering at least two working days before your visit to ensure material is available on your arrival.

Collection Level Description: Papers of F.N. Ashley

Reference: GB 0162 MSS. Afr. s. 2214
Title: Papers of F.N. Ashley
Dates of Creation: 20th century
Extent: Several items

Language of Material: English

Administrative/Biographical History

Francis Noel Ashley (1884-1976), CMG (1937) was educated at Westminster, served with the Sussex Militia Artillery, 1902-1904 and with the Cape Colonial Mounted Forces, southern Africa, 1904-1908. He joined the Political Service, Nigeria as a cadet, 1908 and served with the West Africa Frontier Force, from 1915. He was Resident, Southern Provinces, Nigeria, 1924-1928, Resident Commissioner, British Solomon Islands Protectorate, 1929-1939 and served with the R.A.F. Volunteer Reserve [as Squadron Leader], 1940-1944. He was employed by the Bahamas Government, 1944-1946. In 1913 he married Marjorie Robinson, with whom he had one daughter.

Scope and Content

Photograph album, Ogoja Province, southern Nigeria; sketches; watercolour of Divisional Officer's house, Ikotikpene, 1918; photograph of Ashley, 1934; photograph of disembarkation of a colonial governor and members of his staff, uncaptioned.

Administrative Information

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The papers were donated to the library by Mrs. D. Sims-Williams, Ashley's niece, on 15th February 1992.


Postcard showing a photograph of native troops and colonial officials, inscribed Calabar, 1924, [Nigeria]. Donor assumes the couple in the centre of the picture to be F.N. Ashley and his wife. Donated by Mrs. Dorothy Sims Williams, through the good offices of Anthony Kirk-Greene, on 28th October 1996.

Access Conditions

Bodleian reader's ticket required.

Reproduction Restrictions

No reproduction or publication of papers without permission. Contact the library in the first instance.

Further Information

Finding Aids

The library holds a card index of all manuscript collections in its reading room.

Related Units of Description

Account of history, administration, native manners and customs of the British Solomon Islands Protectorate, with associated papers as Resident Commissioner, and photographs, 1931-1938 (ref. MSS. Pac. s. 40); inspection reports as Resident Commissioner, British Solomon Islands Protectorate, 1929-1938 and as Chief Out Island Commissioner, Bahamas, 1944-1945; letter to a group of MPs who asked for an opinion on the future of the colonies, 1944 (ref. MSS. Brit. Emp. s. 422).

Access Points

Ashley | Francis Noel | 1884-1976 | Colonial Administrator

Nigeria | Description and travel | Views

Nigeria | History | 20th century | Pictorial works

Transformation from XML to HTML by Lawrence Mielniczuk
06 February 2012