Royal Commonwealth Society : Sir Daniel Morris Collection: West Indian views

Royal Commonwealth Society

<p>A collection of loose prints of various sizes. Not all are captioned. Titles composed for the catalogue are enclosed in square brackets. The collection includes photographs by J.F. Coonley (1-13), Adolphe Duperly (15-19), Norton Brothers (32-33), Tempest Anderson (34-35) and others unknown. The geographical areas represented in the photographs break down thus: 1-13, Nassau; 14, Barbados; 15-20, Jamaica; 21, St Lucia; 22-26, Antigua; 27, St Kitts; 28-31, Dominica; 32-34, St Vincent; 35, Hawaii; 36-40, French and Dutch West Indies; 41-53, the Canary Islands and unidentified.</p> <p>Sir Daniel Morris was born in Glamorgan on 26 May 1844. He took 1st Class Honours in Natural Sciences at Trinity College, Dublin and was appointed Assistant Director of the Royal Botanic Gardens in Ceylon in 1877. Two years later he was appointed Director of the Botanic Department in Jamaica where he remained until his appointment as Assistant Director of the Royal Botanical Gardens, Kew in 1886. In 1898 he became Imperial Commissioner, West Indian Agricultural Department, and ten years later was made Scientific Advisor in Tropical Agriculture to the Colonial Office, a post he held until 1913. Even when not working in the Caribbean, he visited it on various scientific missions and his substantial output of books and articles on agricultural matters is chiefly concerned with the Caribbean. He became a Vice-President of the Royal Horticultural Society and of the Royal Empire Society and died on 9 February 1933.</p>


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