The images in this album depict Francis Elliott's life in East Africa in the run up to World War 1. There are photographs of the interior and exterior of his house in Kismayu, Somalia, and of his shamba in Nairobi. There are also images of fellow Europeans in both Somalia and Kenya, some of them colleagues from the Police or King's African Rifles. There are several sections of the album showing the "Police lines" (HQ) in Somalia where Elliott worked, and group photographs of the Somalian police troops for whom he was responsible. A number of the images are taken in Kenya, and again show police work and group shots. A section of photographs depict police troops en route for the Anglo-Somali war, or so-called "Mad Mullah campaign."
There are numerous images of the Somali countryside, particularly around the River Juba, showing police on their manouevres but also glimpses of local people, including an Ogaden Chief, and their customs. The album also contains a number of "tourist" shots, featuring Lamu, Aden, Port Said and Suez. A section towards the end of the album contains a number of hunting photographs taken on safari.
The photographs are not dated, and do not appear to have been inserted in chronological order as sections depicting the same events or subjects have in several cases been split.
N.B. There is a potentially distressing image of a hanging on page 28.
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Physical and technical
1 bound volume containing 64 pages of b/w (with a few sepia) photographs glued on to the pages. Manuscript caption for almost all photographs. Back cover of volume has become detached.
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