Hugh Stannus Stannus, consulting physician and specialist
in tropical diseases was appointed Medical Officer to the King’s African rifles in
British Central Africa [Malawi], in 1905 and carried out research into various tropical
diseases particularly pellagra and sleeping sickness. He made an intense study of
anthropology and ethnology and published a monograph on the Wa-Yao people. He was
elected F.R.C.P. in 1931. In 1914 he became principal medical officer of the
Nyasa-Rhodesian forces operating in Southern German East Africa [Tanganyika (Tanzania)].
[See also: Lakeside Pioneers; Socio-Medical study of Nyasaland (1875-1920). Michael
Gelfland, Oxford, 1964.]
The collection consists mainly of glass negatives, undated and mainly unidentified but
presumably taken during Stannus’ stay in Africa, 1905-c.1918. A few index notes to the
collection are included but as the negatives were originally unnumbered and apparently out
of order in most cases, it has not been possible to relate them to the notes. For description
of individual photographs contact Archive Services.
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