Sierra Leone under colonial rule, in Government reports, 1893-1961

Annual Departmental Reports relating to Sierra Leone, 1893-1961

Annual Departmental Reports relating to Sierra Leone, 1893-1961

The naming of some 2,000 specimens from a country so insufficiently known as Sierra Leone, has taken a long time. The index of native names at the end, may, I hope, be of some service, to future workers in the same field
Report by G. F. Scott Elliot and Miss Catherine A. RaisinNatural Resources, 1893-1961; Agricultural Research 1893 -1938; img 3-4

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See how Sierra Leone moved toward independence during the 20th century

The origins of modern Sierra Leone can be traced back to the attempts of a group of British businessmen and philanthropists, commonly known as the Clapham Sect, to found a settlement of freed slaves on the Sierre Leone peninsula in 1778. British colonial rule in Sierra Leone commenced in 1808, when the tiny Freetown enclave became a Crown Colony under the direct responsibility of the British government which ruled through a Governor. At various periods during the nineteenth century, the Governor of Sierra Leone also served as Governor-in-Chief of Britain's other West African possessions. As late as 1888, the Governor of Sierra Leone was responsible for the administration of the Gambia. However, formal British authority remained confined to the Freetown peninsula until 1896, when the hinterland which comprises the greater part of what is today Sierra Leone was declared a British Protectorate. It was only after the establishment of the Sierra Leone Protectorate that British colonial administration and technical departments began to assume a complexity which warranted separate departmental reports. During the nineteenth century much of this information was published in abbreviated form in the Government Gazette or in the Governor's Annual Report. The Annual Departmental Reports relating to Sierra Leone are complementary to the Blue Books relating to Sierra Leone. For the purposes of organization, the departmental collection has been divided into nine sections: Administration, Finance, Judicial and Police, Natural Resources, Social Services, Transport and Public Works, Communications and Post Office Savings, Commerce, also Staff Lists and Miscellaneous Content. Within each section, departmental series have been organized thematically and in chronological order, prefaced by selected extraordinary reports and sessional papers of particular relevance, and followed by related sub-sections. Description drawn from D.C. Dorward's introduction. Click to open collection guide in new tab.


Sierra Leone under colonial rule, in Government reports, 1893-1961...

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Administrative Reports 1914-1961

The administrative boundaries within Sierra Leone underwent a number of radical alterations during the period covered by these administrative reports....

Finance, 1912-1961

Audits, Estimates and other related reports provide a wealth of quantifiable information and statistics on the allocation of resources by...

Judicial and Police, 1914-1961

The maintenance of 'law and order' was regarded as a principal function of the British colonial government. The reports within...

Natural Resources, 1893-1961

The earlier items include reports on botany, agriculture in general, and rice production in particular. The establishment of the Sierra...


  • These reports are arranged by the departments which they cover within Sierra Leone. Comparing the data in them shows how each area of government has developed over the years.
  • These papers cover World War One and World War Two as well as the social services in this colony before independence.
  • Managing Sierra Leone's natural resources came with many challenges for the government. The range of research reports demonstrates both the number of challenges they met with and their commercial goals.
  • Annual Departmental Reports differ from Blue Books of Statistics because they include explanations of why the statistics are at the levels recorded.
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