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Collection Level Description: Papers of Eric Arnold Temple-Perkins

Reference: GB 0162 MSS.Afr.s.1818
Title: Papers of Eric Arnold Temple-Perkins
Dates of Creation: 1905-1973
Extent: 9 boxes and volumes
Name of Creator: Eric Arnold Temple-Perkins

Language of Material: English

Administrative/Biographical History

Eric Arnold Temple-Perkins (1890-1972) was born in New Zealand. After serving throughout World War I with the Royal Field Artillery he joined the Colonial Service; his first posting was as Assistant District Commissioner in Teso, a post he held for three years. In 1922 Temple-Perkins became District Commissioner of Karamoja, however, after only three months he was made Labour Commissioner in charge of the newly formed Labour Department.

Over the next (circa) fifteen years Temple-Perkins served as District Commissioner of Ankole (1924-ca.1929), District Commissioner of Masaka (ca.1929-1932) and Provincial Commissioner of Buganda (1932-1934) of Toro (1935-1936) and of the Eastern Province of Uganda (1937-1938).

During World War II he was made Director of Security and Intelligence in Uganda. In 1944 he became Resident of Buganda; this was his last official appointment until his retirement in 1945.

Temple-Perkins chose to remain in Uganda after he retired and lived on the edge of the Queen Elizabeth National Park. He had always been interested in wildlife and had been on many safaris to shoot big game; he had also made studies of African birds and snakes. In 1952 he was made an Honorary Warden of Uganda's National Parks. He published one book about his many hunting experiences entitled Kingdom of the Elephant.

Scope and Content

Correspondence, diaries, photographs, memoirs, etc. relating to Temple-Perkins' service in Uganda. Also, a copy of his book, Kingdom of the Elephant, with related correspondence and press cuttings (including some about African wild life).

Administrative Information

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The collection was originally deposited in the Alexander Turnbull Museum in New Zealand but at the request of the donor it was transferred to this library.

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 and a handlist is also available for this collection.

Listed as no. 1161 in Manuscript Collections in Rhodes House Library Oxford, Accessions 1978-1994 (Oxford, Bodleian Library, 1996).

Access Points

Temple-Perkins | Eric Arnold | 1890-1972 | Colonial Administrator

Colonial administrators | Uganda

Animals | Africa

Great Britain | Colonial Administrative Service


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04 January 2012