Category: History

Colony Of North Borneo

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North Borneo was a British  protectorate  under the sovereign  North Borneo Chartered Company  from 1882 to 1946. After World War II, it became a  crown colony  of the  United Kingdom  from 1946 to 1963, known as British North Borneo. Currently, it is known as the state of  Sabah ,  East Malaysia. The…

Passport to Reform: Helena Florence Normanton

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Passport to Reform: Helena Florence Normanton, ‘The Pioneering Barrister’ Born on 14 December 1882, Helena Florence Normanton was a Suffragist, writer, barrister, and activist for much of the early-20th century. According to the DNB, Normanton “combined a teaching career with a developing interest…

Administrators of the British Empire

The Colonial Office and the Foreign Office have very distinct histories. The British Colonies were initially administered jointly by the Secretary of State for War, and the Board of Trade, who were focused on their own interests, not necessarily the Colonies themselves. From 1795 all…

Edgar Kupfer-Koberwitz – Dachau Diaries

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On May 11, 1945 just three days after the German capitulation the US-Missions in Bern, Stockholm and Madrid requested access to the German Diplomatic Archives. A “diplomatic note” to Switzerland was sent 5 weeks later on June 18th 1945 when…

World Service Authority

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Remembering Garry Davis – First Citizen Of The World His radical proposal — hailed by supporters as the way of the future — was a world with no national borders, one in which all people belonged to the same global…

Captain Henry Rodolph Davies In China

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Look at this GIANT Chinese passport issued to a soldier from the Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry more than 100 years ago. Captain Henry Rodolph Davies was aged 29 when, in 1894, he was chosen to lead a survey expedition…

Denmark Sea Passport 1823

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This document is a “Translation Of The Sea-Passport”, a partly printed document with handwritten additions issued at the island of St. Thomas for the vessel “Julius Thales”. The commercial brig was sailing  from St. Thomas via Cape Haiti to Antwerp.…

Old Register Of Passports

It’s usually unlikely that you will see such old register of passports. Here is a nice example from the city of Bremen / Germany. The data in the register are exactly the same like on the issued passport of course.…