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Collection Level Description: Papers of Sir Edward C.F. Garraway

Reference: GB 0162 MSS.Afr.s.1610
Title: Papers of Sir Edward C.F. Garraway
Dates of Creation: 1888-1932
Extent: 7 boxes, 12 volumes
Name of Creator: Edward Charles Frederick Garraway

Language of Material: English

Administrative/Biographical History

Sir Edward Charles Frederick Garraway, KCMG (1922) CMG (1911) LRCSI, was born in Ireland on the 10 March 1865. He was educated in Ireland at Waterford Diocesan School; Medical School (Trinity College, Dublin), and the Royal College of Surgeons.

His career in Africa began in 1888 when he became Assistant District Surgeon in the Knysna area of the southern coast; he was based mainly at a mining camp. In 1891 he accepted the post of District Surgeon at Kuruman in British Bechuanaland and the following year was appointed Surgeon to the Bechuanaland Border Police (1892-1901).

In 1901 Garraway began working for the South African Constabulary, initially as Divisional Medical Officer with the rank of Major (1901-1905) and then as Principal Medical Officer (1905-1908). He became Military Secretary to South Africa in 1908, and Military Secretary to the Governor­General and High Commissioner of South Africa in 1910. In 1914 he was appointed Special Commissioner of the Southern Rhodesian Native Reserves Commission (1914-1916).

After a brief period as Resident Commissioner of Bechuanaland Protectorate (1916-1917), Garraway was appointed Resident Commissioner of Basutoland and Lieutenant­Colonel commanding the Basutoland Mounted Police (1917-1926). He served in Matabeleland in 1893-1894 and in 1896, and also in the Boer War, 1899-1902. Sir Garraway died on the 27 June 1932.

Scope and Content

Correspondence (including letters from Garraway to his family), diaries and papers relating to Southern Africa.

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

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Finding Aids

The library holds a card index of all manuscript collections in its reading room and a handlist is also available for this collection.

Listed as no. 1177 in Manuscript Collections in Rhodes House Library Oxford, Accessions 1978-1994 (Oxford, Bodleian Library, 1996).

Access Points

Garraway | Edward Charles Frederick | 1862-1931 | Sir | Knight Colonial Administrator

Colonial administrators | Africa, South

Great Britain | Colonial Administrative Service

Africa, South | Officials and employees

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