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Collection Level Description: Diary of Joseph Thimbleby

Reference: GB 0162 MSS. Afr. s. 2235
Title: Diary of Joseph Thimbleby
Dates of Creation: 1899-1900
Extent: 1 file

Language of Material: English



Administrative/Biographical History

Joseph Thimbleby was an engine driver during the siege of Kimberley in the South African War (1899-1902).

Scope and Content

Transcript of Thimbleby's Kimberley siege diary, October 1899-February 1900, and photocopy of ration sheet for the week of 18th February.

Administrative Information

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The papers were donated to the library by Thimbleby's daughter, Mrs. Betty Symmons through the good offices of Ms. Jacqueline Beaumont, October 1997.

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.

Existence/Location of Originals

The original diary is in the possession of the Thimbleby family.

Further Information

Finding Aids

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

Access Points

Thimbleby | Joseph | fl 1899-1900 | engine driver

South African War, 1899-1902 | Personal narratives

Kimberley (South Africa) | History | Siege, 1899-1900


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