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Journals of Sir Basil Thomson, 1880-1917 [manuscript]
Bib ID 6005779
Format ManuscriptManuscript
Author
Thomson, Basil, Sir, 1861-1939
 
Access Conditions Available for research. Not for loan. 
Description [1880-1917] 
0.15 m. (1 box) 
Summary

MS Acc12.090 comprises four bound volumes relating to early European contact in the Pacific Islands. Volume 1 is a log book of a voyage aboard the barque Fred P. Litchfield from New York to Sydney, 22 August 1885-22 October 1886. Volume 2, labelled "New Guinea 1888", is the account of Thomson's expedition to the east of New Guinea as well as the d'Entrecasteaux Islands and the Louisiade Archipelago with Sir William Macgregor, first administrator of British New Guinea. The volume also contains photographs of Thomson's party and Papuans.

Volume 3 is titled "Journal of a mission undertaken by Basil Thomson to Tonga and Niue as envoy plenipotentiary in 1900". The journal records Thomson's negotiations with the King of Tonga to gain his consent to establish a British protectorate. The journal also contains photographs from Thomson's journey around Tonga and Niue. Volume 4 is a bound volume of essays by Thomson relating to his time in the Pacific Islands. The volume also includes essays by Charles O. Waterhouse and H.B. Tristram relating to the Pacific Islands (1 box).

Biography/History

Sir Basil Home Thomson was an English colonial administrator and civil servant. He spent some years in the Pacific region, notably Fiji and Tonga. He was deputy premier of Tonga during 1890 and British plenipotentiary in 1900. Later positions included governor of Dartmoor Gaol, head of the CID at New Scotland Yard and director of British Intelligence. He was also an able writer, publishing 17 works, including an autobiography, The scene changes (1937). Thomson died in London in 1939.

Notes

Manuscript reference no.: MS Acc12.090.

Subjects Thomson, Basil, - Sir, - 1861-1939 - Diaries.  |  Thomson, Basil, - Sir, - 1861-1939 - Travel.  |  Frederick P. Litchfield (Ship)  |  Colonial administrators - Great Britain - Diaries.  |  British New Guinea - Description and travel.  |  Niue - Social life and customs.  |  Tonga - Social life and customs.  |  Tonga - Politics and government.  |  Islands of the Pacific - Description and travel.  |  Great Britain - Officials and employees - Diaries.
Time Coverage 1880-1917 
Occupation Colonial administrators.  |  Authors.  |  Public servants.
Other authors/contributors Waterhouse, Charles Owen, 1843-1917  |  Tristram, H. B. (Henry Baker), 1822-1906

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