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Royal Commonwealth Society : Sir Henry Norman Far East collection

Norman, Sir (Henry, 1858-1939, Knight)

Royal Commonwealth Society

<p style='text-align: justify;'>Original glass negatives measuring 164 x 122 mm by Sir Henry Norman. Some of the negatives are accompanied by handwritten captions. Views shown are of French Indo-China [Vietnam], China, Malaya [Malaysia], Siam [Thailand], Korea and Japan.</p><p style='text-align: justify;'>Norman was educated privately in France and at Harvard University, where he obtained his B.A. For several years he worked on the editorial staff of the Pall Mall Gazette and later joined the editorial staff of the News Chronicle, being appointed Assistant Editor of the latter in 1895. He retired from journalism in 1899. During this time he travelled widely in Canada and the United States and in Russia, Japan, China, Siam, Malaya and Central Asia. Much of the material included in the two volumes mentioned in the description was amassed during these tours. He was appointed Assistant Postmaster-General in 1910 and his interest in international communications led to a number of appointments related to wireless and telegraphy, among them Chairman of the War Office Committee on Wireless Telegraphy 1912, and Chairman of the Imperial Wireless Telegraphy Committee of 1920, the latter convened to draw up a complete wireless scheme for the Empire. He was Liberal M.P. for South Wolverhampton 1900-1910 and for Blackburn 1910-1923. Among his publications are The preservation of Niagara Falls (1882), All the Russias (1902), and a play, Will no man understand (1934).</p>

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