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Collection Level Description: Photograph album of W. Ellerton Fry

Reference: GB 0162 MSS. Afr. t. 55
Title: Photograph album of W. Ellerton Fry
Dates of Creation: 1890
Extent: 1 album containing 154 photographs

Language of Material: eng



Administrative/Biographical History

Lieutenant W. Ellerton Fry was intelligence officer and photographer of the British South Africa Company's expedition into Mashonaland, 1890, having previously held the post of Secretary and Computer of the Royal Observatory, Cape Town.

Scope and Content

Photograph album of views taken by Fry on the Mashonaland expedition, 1890. Includes pictures showing the ruins of Great Zimbabwe.

Administrative Information

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The album was purchased on behalf of the Bodleian Library of Commonwealth and African Studies at Rhodes House by the Friends of the Bodleian Library from Clarke's Africana and Rare Books, and accessioned on 15th October 1999.

Access Conditions

Bodleian reader's ticket required.

Reproduction Restrictions

No reproduction or publication of personal 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

The National Archives of Zimbabwe holds 12 copies of the album, entitledOccupation of Mashonaland: Views by W. Ellerton Fry.

Publication Note

Occupation of Mashonaland, Photographs by W. Ellerton Fry (s.l., Books of Zimbabwe, 1982), a reprint of the photographs listed in related material

Access Points

Fry | W. Ellerton | fl 1890 | Lieutenant

Zimbabwe | Description and travel | Views

Zimbabwe | History | 19th century

Great Zimbabwe (Extinct city)

Zimbabwe | Native races

British South Africa Company


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21 February 2012