Thursday, 11 March 2010

New lists added to archives catalogue - South Africa, Ceylon and Malaya

As part of an ongoing project to add copies of lists to our archives catalogue we have recently added lists for a number of smaller collections held. These include colelctions relating to South Africa, Ceylon and Malaya.

John Patrick Cope, was born on Mooi River, Natal, South Africa, on 17 Mar 1906, educated at St Andrews College, Grahamstown and in 1924 joined the 'Rand Daily Mail' as a reporter. In 1930 he joined the 'Natal Mercury' as their parliamentary and political correspondent, and became friendly with Jan Hendrik Hofmeyr, and other prominent political figures. In 1937 he joined his former editor, R J Kingston Russell in his venture to found a political weekly 'Forum', and on Russell's retirement assumed the editorship, which he retained for 14 years under the chairmanship of Hofmeyr. In 1951 'Forum' closed, and Cope rejoined the 'Rand Daily Mail' as editorial assistant. He entered politics and was returned for Parktown in 1953 and 1958 as a United Party MP. In 1958 he was one of a group of UP members who broke away to form the Progressive Party, but he lost his seat after a smear campaign in the 1961 election. The Cope papers comprise press cuttings, from his years as a journalist in South Africa, Abyssinia and China and 96 items of correspondence; the majority of which are letters from Hofmeyr. Topics covered include the Afrikaner Broederbond, 1941, Hofmeyr's relationship with Jan Christian Smuts, 1948, report on Mau Mau outbreak in Kenya [c1952]; South African politics, 1929-1948, his decision to leave the United Party and to found the Progressive Party, 1959; and papers on the political weekly 'Forum', 1948-1951.

The papers of Edward Trevor Dyson cover his time in the Ceylon Civil Service, 1910-1929; and include a report 'The Spirit of Trincomalee', describing Trincomalee at the end of 1910, including comments on the visit by the Crown Prince of Germany, Prince Wilhelm; a report 'The Bo Tree Incident', describing events after the cutting down of a sacred Bo Tree at Anuradhapura, 1929; letters to Bertha [the future Mrs Dyson], 1911, including description of a journey to Kantalai, and the area around Kantalai, and an account of a journey from Trincomalee to Batticaloa, with an account of his first visit to the prison at Batticaloa in his capacity as Assistant Inspector of Prisons.

Also from Ceylon are the papers of W A Davis, comprising photographs, maps and souvenirs of Ceylon (1931-1935); including  seascapes, plantations, historic monuments and people, all unidentified; a map of the City of Columbo (1932) and motor map of Ceylon (1931); and the programme of the Installation banquest of the Duke of Connaught Masonic Lodge, Columbo (1935).

The papers of J E U Exwood concern rubber estates in Malaya, 1929-1939; including reports on Bukit Selambau and Tarum estates owned by Tarun (Malaya) Rubber Estates Ltd to Bousted & Co,. Ltd, Kuala Lumpur, 1929-1931, and correspondence on Waterfall (Selangor) Rubber Estates Ltd, 1930-1939.

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