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Collection Level Description: Melliss Papers

Reference: GB 0162 MSS. Atlan. s. 14
Title: Melliss Papers
Dates of Creation: 19th-20th century
Extent: 1 small newspaper box

Language of Material: English

Administrative/Biographical History

G.W. Melliss worked on St. Helena as Acting Superintendent of Works, c1830s, then Surveyor General for the East India Company, mid-19th century. He purchased the island's Oakbank Estate, c1846-1851. J.E. Melliss was Surveyor General on St. Helena for the Colonial Office, [19th century], helping with the restoration of Longwood House, Napoleon's home during his exile on the island from 1815 to 1821. H.J. Melliss continued his family's interest in the history of Longwood House in the 1950s.

Scope and Content

Papers relating to St. Helena, comprising

Administrative Information

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The papers were purchased from Allan F. Lazarus through Trevor Hearl in June 1992.

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.

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Finding Aids

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

Access Points

Melliss | family | [1840s-1950s] | St. Helena

Saint Helena | History

Saint Helena | Description and travel | Views

Napoleon I, Emperor of the French, 1769-1821 | Exile | Saint Helena

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29 February 2012