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Collection Level Description: Papers of F. de V. Joyce; records of Kilima Kiu Estate/Joyce Ltd.

Reference: GB 0162 MSS. Afr. s. 2157
Title: Papers of F. de V. Joyce; records of Kilima Kiu Estate/Joyce Ltd.
Dates of Creation: c1911-1982
Extent: 12 boxes

Language of Material: Eng



Administrative/Biographical History

Frank Joyce (1888-1959) arrived in Kenya in 1911 and settled at Kilima Kiu, Machakos District, entering into a partnership with Archie Lambert (who died soon afterwards) and F. O'B. Wilson to farm ostriches. In 1919 he married Mary Early ne Davison; at the same time he was given a soldier settler farm, but sold it in order to purchase a farm adjacent to the estate. Gradually the estate was given over to dairy farming. In 1934 Wilson and Joyce divided the farm; Joyce added to his share by buying another ex-soldier farm and began supplementing his dairy herd with beef cattle. From 1938 to 1939 and 1944 to 1948 he sat on the Legislative Council as Acting Member for Ukamba. During this period his concerns were largely agricultural development and land use, and in 1945 he was one of five members of Legco to be appointed to the African Land Utilisation and Settlement Board (later the African Land Development Board (ALDEC). He died on safari in 1959. After his death, a combination of drought, weak local administration and the approach of independence led to a number of problems including trespass and loss of control of the resident labourers. In 1962 part of the land was sold to the Central Land Board as a settlement area for squatters. Joyce's daughter Anne became farm manager in 1941 and continued to run the farm successfully, attracting educational visits from a range of students and official groups.

Scope and Content

Administrative Information

Custodial History

The papers were sorted and listed in Kenya by Dr. Anne Thurston in 1984 with the intention that they would be filmed for the Kenya National Archives, the originals remaining with Joyce's daughter, Anne at Kilima Kiu. Dr. Thurston's list has formed a substantial basis for the library's own handlist.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The papers were donated to the library by Anne Joyce in August 1988

Access Conditions

Bodleian reader's ticket required. Employment record of Gioachino Vettori, Italian prisoner of war, while at Kilima Kiu, 1946-1968 is closed to access until 1st January 2017.

Reproduction Restrictions

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

Further Information

Finding Aids

A handlist is available in the library reading room.

Related Units of Description

Additional papers relating to Joyce Ltd., 1938-1986 (ref. MSS. Afr. s. 2157)

Access Points

Joyce | Frank Horatio De Vere | 1888-1959 | farmer in Kenya

Joyce | Anne | | farmer in Kenya

Joyce Ltd. | | Kenya | Machakos District | livestock farm

Kilima Kiu estate | | Kenya | Machakos District | livestock farm

Land use | Kenya | Machakos District | History | 20th century

Land use | Kenya | History | 20th century

Agriculture | Kenya | History | 20th century

Agriculture | Kenya | Machakos District | History | 20th century

Livestock | Kenya | History | 20th century

Livestock | Kenya | Machakos District | History | 20th century

Agriculture | Ethiopia | History | 20th century

Agriculture | Somalia | History | 20th century

Veterinary medicine | Africa, East | History | 20th century

Kenya | History | 1895-1963


Transformation from XML to HTML by Lawrence Mielniczuk
24 February 2012