Arguile, Robert Thomas
Introduction
Robert Thomas Arguile
Arrangement

Catalogue
1. Official Papers and Correspondence
2. Memoirs
3. Photographic Material
4. Newspaper cuttings
Reference code: GB-0033-SAD
Title: Arguile, Robert Thomas
Dates of creation: 1952-1955, 1989
Extent: 0.5 boxes
Held by: Durham University Library, Archives and Special Collections
Created by: Arguile, Robert Thomas
Language: English

Robert Thomas Arguile

(1914 - 2003)

1952 OctDeputy Municipal Engineer, Khartoum
1952 DecMunicipal Engineer, Khartoum
1955 SepRetired


Arrangement

1. Official Papers and Correspondence
2. Memoirs
3. Photographic material
4. Newspaper cuttings

Accession details

Presented by Robert Arguile, 2014

Catalogue
1. Official Papers and Correspondence
SAD.1053/2/1-43
1953-1955
Offiicial papers from Arguile's time as Municipal Engineer in Khartoum, including:
SAD.1053/2/2-3
1953 May 26
Notice regarding road opening and trench reinstatement in public highways
SAD.1053/2/4-15
1953-1955
“Municipal Engineer's report on control of advertisements”
SAD.1053/2/16-24
1953
“Annual report of the Municipal Engineer in connection with departmental work carried out in Khartoum, Khartoum North and Omdurman for the Municipal Councils of Khartoum, Khartoum North and Omdurman”
SAD.1053/2/25-31
1953-1954
“Annual report of the Municipal Engineer in connection with departmental work carried out in Khartoum Municipality for the Khartoum Municipal Council, during the financial year 1953-54”
SAD.1053/2/32-37
1953-1955
“Municipal Engineer's Report on Tanzim Staffing”
SAD.1053/2/38-43
1954-1955
“Annual report of the Municipal Engineer in connection with departmental work carried out in Khartoum Municipality for the Khartoum Municipal Council, during the financial year 1954-55”
SAD.1053/2/44-72; SAD.1053/3/1-85
1953 May 14 - 1955 Jun 20
Official correspondence
SAD.1053/3/1-36
1952 May 14 - 1952 Aug 26
Correspondence, between Arguile and H.F. Wyatt, C.M. Trudgett, R.W. Flack of the Sudan Government Agency in London, and papers relating to Arguile's employment as Deputy Municipal Engineer in Sudan including: travel arrangements to leave England for Sudan (SAD.1053/3/1-5); vaccination and innoculation (SAD.1053/3/6-7); request for further time to settle his affairs in England and Wyatt's acceptance (SAD.1053/3/9-10); letters to the National Association of Local Government Officers and the Sudan Agent in London as well as letter from Wyatt to Arguile regarding superannuation rights and benefits (SAD.1053/3/11-12, 15); Wyatt to Arguile with information and advice on his new position such as expense allowance for travel to Sudan and outfit allowance once there, inoculation and vaccination procedure, setting up salary payments, and recommended kit (SAD.1053/3/17-18); offer of contract for Deputy Municipal Engineer with Arguile's acceptance and printed introductory circular from Civil Secretary J.W. Robertson (SAD.1053/3/19-23); duties and prospects of promotion (SAD.1053/24-26); recruitment documentation, Deputy Municipal Engineer (SAD.1053/3/27-36)
SAD.1053/3/37-40
1952 Sep 27
Arguile's contract of employment with the Sudan Government signed by Arguile and H.F. Wyatt
SAD.1053/3/41-44
1953 Feb 8
Circular letter from J.W. Robertson forwarded by M.H. Lees (Director of Works, Sudan) to Arguile regarding the political situation in Sudan whilst negotations with Egypt take place on the political future of Sudan
SAD.1053/2/44-45
1953 Oct 26 - 1953 Dec 18
Correspondence with Hugh Dixon and D.W. Coleman, of Howard and Humphreys and Sons, Chartered Civil Engineers, and noting Khartoum arrival of Mr Forward
SAD.1053/2/46-55
1954 Feb 3 - 1954 Mar 6
Correspondence regarding Arguile's unsatisfactory housing conditions, with Permananet Under Secretary to Sudan M. Ward (SAD.1053/2/46-47) and his refusal to accede to Arguile's request (SAD.1053/2/50-55), the Governor of Khartoum (SAD.1053/2/48), Daoud (Town Clerk, Khartoum Municipal Council) (SAD.1053/2/49)
SAD.1053/3/45-50
1954 Mar 10
Printed copy of Governor-General R.G. Howe's address to the Sudanese Parliament regarding the British withdrawal from Sudan, leading to Sudanese independance, following acceptance of the Anglo-Egyptian agreement of 12 Feburary 1953
SAD.1053/3/85
1954 Mar 23
Letter from Sheila A.E. Thompson, of the Girls Intermediate School, Omdurman, thanking Arguile for his help over the last term
SAD.1053/2/56-72
1954 Aug 24 - 1955 Mar 31
Papers and correspondence with R.C. Wakefield, Chairman of the Central Town Planning Board, and Khalil A. Nabi, Director, Ministry of Local Government, regarding the lack of representation for the Three Towns (Khartoum, Khartoum North and Omdurman) on the Board, including: Arguile's offer to advise the board on planning matters relating to the Three Towns (SAD.1053/2/56); letter from Wakefield addressing Arguile's concerns (SAD.1053/2/60-61); minutes from a Central Town Planning Board Meeting regarding compensation for rain damage from premium reserve funds (SAD.1053/2/62-68); copy letter to Wakefield requesting that Arguile deputise for Nabi (SAD.1053/2/69-70); letters from Arguile to Nabi thanking him for his efforts and agreeing there is no point intaking the matter further (SAD.1053/2/71-72)
SAD.1053/3/51-52
1954 Dec 5 - 1954 Dec 8
Two letters, one from M.T. Hussein, Director, Ministry of Works, and W.L.D. Martyn, Director of Works, Ministry of Works, confirming Arguile's appointment
SAD.1053/3/53-61, 67, 72-83
1954 Dec 18 - 1955 Jun 21
Material relating to the Expatriate Officials Compensation Order and Arguile's subsequent notice, including: notice of termination of service (SAD.1053/3/73); six-month notice (SAD.1053/3/74), with acknowledgement from Ali Shams Ed Din, Director of Works, Ministry of Works (SAD.1053/3/53); printed circular “Expatriate Officials Compensation Ordinance 1954” (SAD.1053/3/54-61); letter from S. Jennett, Director of Works, Ministry of Works, concerning Arguile's final leave (SAD.1053/3/67); certification from A.E.S. Charles, Director of Establishments, of Arguile's entitlement under the Expatriate Officials Compensation Ordinance should he be struck off on 25 Oct 1955 (SAD.1053/3/72); printed copy of “The Expatriate Officials Compensation Bill” (SAD.1053/3/75/83)
SAD.1053/3/62-64
1955 Feb 21
Cover letter from C. de Bunsen, Governor of Khartoum, requesting that Arguile be confirmed in his appointment and letter and copy letter from Mohammad Hamid El Nil, Director of Works, Ministry of Works, confirming Arguile's promotion and an increase of pay
SAD.1053/3/65-66
1955 Apr 6
Confirmation letter from G.W. Ogden, Sudan Club Secretary, of Arguile's acceptance of role on the Sudan Club committee with attached list of members of the commitee
SAD.1053/3/68-70
1955 Jun 20
Cover letter from Mekei El Manna, Chairman, Central Town Planning Board, and attached summary of Board meeting minutes
SAD.1053/3/71
1955 Jun 13
Letter from H.I. Shaddad, Director of Works, Ministry of Works, informing Arguile of an increase in his basic rate of pay
SAD.1053/3/84
[c.1954]-1955
Printed circular “Re-employment of British staff of the Sudan Civil Service”
2. Memoirs
SAD.1053/5/1-15
1989
Typescript section of a memoir written by Arguile for his family without intent of publication and covering his time in Sudan from appointment in England to his return; with explanatory introduction and postscript written by his family
3. Photographic Material
SAD.1053/4/1-43
1953-1955
Collection of photographs probably taken by Arguile of municipal works in and around the Three Towns:
SAD.1053/4/1
1953-1955
A mobile asphalt mixing plant with Sudanese workers feeding in raw materials
SAD.1053/4/2
1953-1955
Side-on view of mobile asphalt mixing plant
SAD.1053/4/3
1953-1955
“Barber Greene” road finisher
SAD.1053/4/4
1953-1955
“Barber Greene” asphalt mixer, with a capability of 800 tons per day
SAD.1053/4/5
1953-1955
Road, probably the Kassala to Khartoum trunk road
SAD.1053/4/6
1953-1955
Embankment with small bridge being crossed by Sudanese
SAD.1053/4/7
1953-1955
Two pipelines in a ditch
SAD.1053/4/8
1953-1955
Section of pipe being lowered into a ditch
SAD.1053/4/9
1953-1955
Empty section of trench for pipeline
SAD.1053/4/10
1953-1955
Empty section of trench for pipeline with sections of pipe alongside and a dead sacrificial cow
SAD.1053/4/11
1953-1955
Newspaper kiosk
SAD.1053/4/12
1953-1955
Road at Omdurman
SAD.1053/4/13
1953-1955
Surface water drainage ditch alongside road
SAD.1053/4/14
1953-1955
Surface water drainage ditch alongside road
SAD.1053/4/15
1953-1955
Main drainage ditch, Khartoum North
SAD.1053/4/16
1953-1955
Main drainage ditch with workmen, Khartoum North
SAD.1053/4/17
1953-1955
Main drainage ditch with brick-lined sides, Khartoum North
SAD.1053/4/18
1953-1955
Main drainage ditch with brick-lined sides, Khartoum North
SAD.1053/4/19
1954 May
Opening ceremony for the commencement of the main drainage scheme in Khartoum, with crane alongside ditch ready to drop sections of pipe into place, and a speech being made by unidentified dignitary
SAD.1053/4/20
1954 May
Opening ceremony for the commencement of the main drainage scheme in Khartoum, with dead sacrificial cow next to ditch
SAD.1053/4/21
1953-1955
Aerial view of Victoria Avenue, Khartoum
SAD.1053/4/22
1954 May
First pipe laid for the main drainage scheme in Khartoum
SAD.1053/4/23
1953-1955
Sections of pipe being laid in a trench
SAD.1053/4/24
1953-1955
Road, probably the Kassala to Khartoum trunk road
SAD.1053/4/25
1954 May
Opening ceremony for the commencement of the main drainage scheme in Khartoum, with first section of pipe being laid
SAD.1053/4/26
1953-1955
Aerial view of Gordon Avenue and Khartoum Cathedral
SAD.1053/4/28
1954 May
First pipe being laid for the main drainage scheme in Khartoum
SAD.1053/4/29
1954 May
First pipe about to be laid in trench as part of the opening ceremony for the main drainage scheme in Khartoum, with unknown British officials alongside
SAD.1053/4/30
1954 May
First pipe being laid in trench as part of the opening ceremony for the main drainage scheme in Khartoum, with unknown British officials and Sudanese workers alongside
SAD.1053/4/31
1953-1955
Kassala to Khartoum trunk road
SAD.1053/4/32
1953-1955
Kassala to Khartoum trunk road
SAD.1053/4/33
1953-1955
Kassala to Khartoum trunk road
SAD.1053/4/34
1953-1955
Kassala to Khartoum trunk road
SAD.1053/4/35
1953-1955
Messalymia Bridge
SAD.1053/4/36
1953-1955
El Arbein Road, Omdurman
SAD.1053/4/37
1953-1955
Messalymia Bridge
SAD.1053/4/38
1953-1955
Road, Khartoum
SAD.1053/4/39
1953-1955
Road, Khartoum
SAD.1053/4/40
1953-1955
Road, Khartoum
SAD.1053/4/41
1953-1955
Road, Khartoum
SAD.1053/4/42
1953-1955
Roundabout, Sirdarav
SAD.1053/4/43
1953-1955
Roundabout, Sirdarav
SAD.D18/1-65
1953-1955
Collection of 65 digitised 35mm slides (the originals have been returned to the family), mainly of Khartoum:
SAD.D18/1
1953 x 1955
Bougainvillea in R.T. Arguile's garden in Khartoum
SAD.D18/2
1953 x 1955
Blue Nile bridge, Khartoum
SAD.D18/3
1953 x 1955
Sailing boats on the Blue Nile at Khartoum with the Blue Nile bridge in the distance
SAD.D18/4
1953 x 1955
Sailing boats on the Blue Nile at Khartoum
SAD.D18/5
1953 x 1955
Wingate Avenue, Khartoum
SAD.D18/6
1953 x 1955
Gordon statue, Khartoum, with the clock tower of All Saints' Cathedral in the background
SAD.D18/7
1953 x 1955
The Governor-General's Palace, Khartoum
SAD.D18/8
1953 x 1955
The Grand Hotel, Khartoum
SAD.D18/9
1953 x 1955
Steamer moored on the Nile, Khartoum
SAD.D18/10
1953 x 1955
Tanzim office, Khartoum
SAD.D18/11
1953 x 1955
R.T Arguile's son at a fruit stall at the suq
SAD.D18/12
1953 x 1955
R.T Arguile's gardener, Khartoum
SAD.D18/13
1953 x 1955
Man on a donkey
SAD.D18/14
1953 x 1955
Street scene, probably Khartoum
SAD.D18/15
1953 x 1955
R.T. Arguile's servant and family in the garden of his home at Khartoum
SAD.D18/16
1953 x 1955
R. T. Arguile's servant and family in the garden of his home at Khartoum
SAD.D18/17
1953 x 1955
Blue Nile bridge at Khartoum
SAD.D18/18
1953 x 1955
Blue Nile bridge at Khartoum
SAD.D18/19
1953 x 1955
Garden of R.T. Arguile's house at Khartoum
SAD.D18/20
1953 x 1955
Garden, probably at Khartoum
SAD.D18/21
1953 x 1955
British group relaxing in the garden after a tennis match, probably Khartoum
SAD.D18/22
1953 x 1955
British personnel relaxing on a verandah, possibly at the Sudan Club
SAD.D18/23
1953 x 1955
Britannia aeroplane being tested at Khartoum
SAD.D18/24
1953 x 1955
BOAC aeroplane on the runway at Khartoum airport
SAD.D18/25
1953 x 1955
An aeroplane taxi-ing on the runway at Khartoum
SAD.D18/26
1953 x 1955
Britannia aeroplane being tested at Khartoum
SAD.D18/27
1953 x 1955
Truck crossing the desert
SAD.D18/28
1953 x 1955
Collection of motor cars (including a V.W. beetle), possibly at a rally or race
SAD.D18/29
1953 x 1955
Racing car in the desert
SAD.D18/30
1953 x 1955
R.T. Arguile and his son at the wheel of an open topped racing car
SAD.D18/31
1953 x 1955
Sailing boats on the Nile
SAD.D18/32
1953 x 1955
Steamer, the “Melik”, formerly one of Kitchener's gunboats and later the headquarters of the Blue Nile sailing club
SAD.D18/33
1953 x 1955
Mrs Arguile, wife of R.T. Arguile and two sons
SAD.D18/34
1953 x 1955
Passengers walking out to an aeroplane on the runway at Khartoum airport
SAD.D18/35
1953 x 1955
Sudan Parliament
SAD.D18/36
1953 x 1955
Sudan Parliament
SAD.D18/37
1953 x 1955
Tree-lined avenue along the banks of the Nile, Khartoum
SAD.D18/38
1953 x 1955
The Secretariat, with Kitchener's statue in front, Khartoum
SAD.D18/39
1953 x 1955
Khartoum airport
SAD.D18/40
1953 x 1955
Gateway to a large residential house in the suburbs, Khartoum
SAD.D18/41
1953 x 1955
Musical railings on a large residential house in the suburbs, Khartoum
SAD.D18/42
1953 x 1955
Large house in the suburbs, Khartoum
SAD.D18/43
1953 x 1955
Large houses in the suburbs, Khartoum
SAD.D18/44
1953 x 1955
Large house in the suburbs, Khartoum
SAD.D18/45
1953 x 1955
All Saints' Cathedral, Khartoum
SAD.D18/46
1953 x 1955
The clock tower, All Saints' Cathedral. Khartoum
SAD.D18/47
1953 x 1955
Al-Farouk mosque, Khartoum
SAD.D18/48
1953 x 1955
Large house in the suburbs, Khartoum
SAD.D18/49
1953 x 1955
Public meeting [?], probably Khartoum
SAD.D18/50
1953 x 1955
Public meeting [?], probably Khartoum
SAD.D18/51
1953 x 1955
Public meeting [?], probably Khartoum
SAD.D18/52
1953 x 1955
Football match, probably Omdurman
SAD.D18/53
1953 x 1955
The Governor-General's Rolls Royce
SAD.D18/54
1953 x 1955
Departure of British troops from the Sudan
SAD.D18/55
1953 x 1955
Ceremony to mark the departure of British troops from the Sudan
SAD.D18/56
1953 x 1955
An outdoor tea party, probably the farewell party for R.T. Arguile
SAD.D18/57
1953 x 1955
An outdoor tea party, probably the farewell party for R.T. Arguile
SAD.D18/58
1953 x 1955
An outdoor tea party, probably the farewell party for R.T. Arguile
SAD.D18/59
1953 x 1955
Guests at an outdoor tea party, probably the farewell party for R.T. Arguile
SAD.D18/60
1953 x 1955
Aerial view of Khartoum and the Blue and White Niles
SAD.D18/61
1953 x 1955
Aerial view of Khartoum and the junction of the Blue and White Niles, with the Blue Nile bridge in the foreground and Tuti island on the far right
SAD.D18/62
1953 x 1955
Aerial view of Khartoum and the junction of the Blue and White Niles, with Tuti island on the left
SAD.D18/63
1953 x 1955
Aerial view of the River Nile near Khartoum
SAD.D18/64
1953 x 1955
Desert landscape north of Khartoum, from the air
SAD.D18/65
1953 x 1955
Airwork Limited London aeroplane at Khartoum
4. Newspaper cuttings
SAD.1053/4/27
1953
Cutting from an unidentified newspaper regarding a new drainage scheme about to commence in Khartoum