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Collection Level Description: Diaries of safaris made by K.M. Cowley, W.F.P. Kelly, and G.C.M. Dowson

Reference: GB 0162 MSS.Afr.s.1750
Title: Diaries of safaris made by K.M. Cowley, W.F.P. Kelly, and G.C.M. Dowson
Dates of Creation: 1910, 1956-1962
Extent: 1 volume, 2 files
Name of Creator: Kenneth Martin Cowley, Wallace F.P. Kelly, G.C.M. Dowson

Language of Material: eng



Administrative/Biographical History

Kenneth Martin Cowley, OBE (1956), CMG (1963), was born in 1912 and educated at Merchant Taylors' School in Crosby, and Exeter College, Oxford. His career in Kenya began in 1935 when he entered the Kenyan Government service as a district officer. He later held the posts of assistant secretary (1944-1946), district commissioner (1946-1949), acting Native Courts Officer (1949-1953), and secretary for African affairs (1953-1956). Between 1956 and 1963, Cowley held the post of provincial commissioner, Southern Province; in 1962 he was also secretary to the Kenya Regional Boundaries and Constituencies Commissions. In 1963, Cowley joined the Express Transport Company Limited as senior Administrative Manager (1963-1970) and in 1971 became secretary of the Overseas Service Pensioners' Association (1971-1979).

Wallace F.P. Kelly was born in 1912 and educated at St. John's in Leatherhead, and Christ Church, Oxford. His career in Kenya began in 1936 when he entered the Kenyan Government service as a district officer. In 1952 he joined the African Land Development Board as executive officer (1952-1955) and in 1955 was appointed senior district commissioner (1955-1963).

G.C.M. Dowson was born in 1913 and educated at Haileybury, and Pembroke College, Cambridge. His career in Kenya began in 1936 when he entered the Kenyan Government service as a district officer. In 1954 he was appointed to the post of senior district commissioner (1954-1963).

Scope and Content

Personal diaries of safaris made by Kenneth Martin Cowley, Wallace F.P. Kelly, and G.C.M. Dowson as consecutive commissioners, in Southern Province, Kenya, 1956-1962; with provisional agreement between the commissioner for the East Africa Protectorate and the Masai tribe, 1910.

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Finding Aids

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

Listed as no. 966 in Manuscript Collections in Rhodes House Library Oxford, Accessions 1978-1994 (Oxford, Bodleian Library, 1996).

Access Points

Cowley | Kenneth Martin | b 1912 | Provincial Commissioner Kenyan Government

Kelly | Wallace | b 1912 | district commissioner Kenyan government

Dowson | G C M | b 1913 | Commissioner Kenyan Government

Masai (African people)

Safaris | Kenya

Great Britain | Colonies | Kenya

Kenya | Officials and employees


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10 January 2012