Catalogue of the papers of R. J. Darvall
Introduction
Richard (Dick) J. Darvall
Arrangement

Catalogue
1. Official Papers
2. Diaries
3. Articles, Speeches
4. Photographs
5. Miscellanea
6. Printed material
Reference code: GB-0033-SAD
Title: Catalogue of the papers of R. J. Darvall
Dates of creation: 1924-1947
Extent: 3 files
Held by: Durham University Library, Archives and Special Collections
Created by: R. J. and Mrs Irene Darvall
Language: English

Richard (Dick) J. Darvall

(fl. 1922-1960)

1922-1928Personal Assistant to the General Manager, Sudan Government Railways, Atbara
1929-1931Secretary, Sudan Government Railways, Atbara
1931-1932Deputy Accountant, Sudan Government Railways, Atbara
1932-1939Assistant Chief Accountant, Sudan Government Railways, Atbara
1939-1947Chief Accountant, Sudan Government Railways, Atbara


Arrangement

1. Official Papers
2. Diaries
3. Articles, Speeches
4. Photographs
5. Miscellanea
6. Printed Material

Accession details

Presented by: Mr R. J. Darvall, 1960; Mr P. Darvall, 22 August 2016.

Catalogue
1. Official Papers
SAD.424/14/1-7
1933 Mar
Note on Erkowit by D. Newbold, Acting Governor, Kordofan Province
SAD.424/13/1-2
1936 Sep 1-Nov 18
Notes of amendments and alterations to the Sudan Government Railways working timetable for 1 October 1936
SAD.424/13/3-12
1938 Apr 5-10
Railways circulars issued in Atbara, comprising extracts from the Sudan Daily Herald relating to world events, trade, weather, train notices, sport and leisure and passenger lists
SAD.424/13/13
1938 Apr 6
List of vegetables available from Atbara vegetable garden, issued by S.T. Hurn for the Assistant Chief Engineer
SAD.424/13/14-18
[ca. 1930s]
Hand-drawn plans for a whistle board, a shunting board, a railway crossing sign, a station name board and tablet signs
2. Diaries
SAD.421/2/1-22
1934 Dec 18 -1935 Jan
Journal of Mrs Irene Darvall of a trip with her husband as Chairman of the Steamers' Committee, and their son Christopher (then 4 or 5 years old) from Atbara to Juba and back, describing the journey by train to Kosti, passing the Air Force camp at Damer en route (SAD.421/2/1); presence of Sir Sayyid `Abd al-Rahman al-Mahdi on the train (SAD 421/2/1v); embarking on the steamer Amka at Kosti (SAD.421/2/2); taking on wood (SAD.421/2/2v-3); rendezvous with the Dal (SAD.421/2/4v-5); rough sketch plan of steamer and barges (SAD.421/2/6v); examination of dockyard at Malakal (SAD.421/2/7v); Christmas lunch at Malakal (SAD.421/2/8); visit to wooding station at Barboi (SAD 421/2/8v-9); stops at Bor (SAD.421/2/12) and Terakeka (SAD.421/2/13v); arrival at Juba (SAD.421/2/14v-16); meeting with Mr and Mrs Macdonald of the CMS (SAD.421/2/16); stech plan of the Rejaf and the Jackson Pasha (SAD.421/2/17v,22). Enclosure:
SAD.421/2/18-21
[1934-1935]
Account by Mrs Irene Darvall of their first encounter with a herd of elephant, including a newborn calf
SAD.421/2/38-68
1947 Apr 13-Aug 31
Mrs Irene Darvall's diary of a journey from Kosti to Cape Town and back, describing the journey by steamer up the Nile, fishing at Melut (SAD.421/2/38); stop at Juba (SAD.421/2/39); bus from Butiaba to Masindi (SAD 421/2/39v) and from there to Lake Victoria (SAD.421/2/40); Ripon Falls (SAD.421/2/40); Kampala (SAD.421/2/41); Entebbe (SAD.421/2/41v); by air from Nairobi, stopping at Ndola in N. Rhodesia (SAD 421/2/43v-44); visit to Victoria Falls (SAD.421/1/44v-45); South Africa, including Pretoria, Johannesburg and Cape Town (SAD.421/2/45v-53); return journey via Rhodesia and Kenya (SAD.421/2/53-68). Enclosure:
SAD.421/2/57
1947
Watercolour by Mrs Irene Darvall of Mount Kilimanjaro from the Hotel Magamba
Size: 14 x 20 cm
3. Articles, Speeches
SAD.421/2/89-130
1924-1947
Notebook containing notes for lectures by Mrs Irene Darvall on her life in the Sudan, mostly written in Atbara in 1947 but with enclosures on “Lamplighters”, “A garden in the Sudan”, “Travelling” and first impressions of Atbara, all written 1924-1925
SAD.421/2/22v-32
1938
Account by Mrs Irene Darvall of a trip from the UK to the Sudan via Switzerland, Italy, Greece and Egypt, just before the outbreak of war, possibly intended as a talk for school children
SAD.421/2/33-36,72-88
1946 Oct
Account by Mrs Irene Darvall of a trip by a B.O.A.C. aeroplane from London to Cairo, and thence to Atbara, including descriptions of her fellow passengers
SAD.421/2/69-70
1947 Feb
Account by Mrs Irene Darvall of the Unity Sunday service at St Philip the Deacon Church in Atbara
SAD.421/2/70v-71
1947 Apr
Account by Mrs Irene Darvall of a tea party at Ahmad Effendi Hasan Khalifah's house at Omdurman
SAD.421/2/37
1947 Apr
Account by Mrs Irene Darvall of the farewell teaparty for her and her husband given by the Accounts Department at the Sudanese Club in Atbara
4. Photographs
SAD.1004/2/1-2
[2016]
Copy photograph of the Sudan Government Railways head office staff, Atbara, 1946; with names of 121 staff. (The copy is of poor quality.)
2 (conjoined) prints
Size: 36 x 12 cm
5. Miscellanea
SAD.424/13/19
1924 Jan 6
List of hymns for the evening service and notices for the week at All Saints' Cathedral, Khartoum
SAD 424/13/20
1938 Feb 25
Order of service for the consecration of the Church of Philip the Deacon at Atbara
SAD.424/13/21
[ca. 1927-1929]
Humorous verse by Darvall for the Atbarabian
6. Printed material
Printed material deposited with collection; now integrated into library and catalogued on OPAC