The Sierra Leone Web


Gary Schulze, whose experience with Sierra Leone spans six decades, has collected and scanned many postcards and historic artefacts for the Sierra Leone Web.

Click on the thumbnails below to view full-sized versions, ranging from one to four megabytes each.

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Publisher: W.S. Johnston. Caption: King Prempeh of Ashantee and his parents with their immediate attendants as political prisoners at Freetown, Sierra Leone.

[King Otumfuo Nana Prempeh I was captured by the British in 1896 and exiled in Freetown from 1897 to 1900.]

Caption: Sir C. A. King Harman, Governor of Sierra Leone &c. His Excellency Giving the Royal Salute. Medals for Bravery at Ashanti about to be presented.

[Ca. 1900. The British "Ashanti Expedition" took place between 7 December 1895 and 17 January 1896. Sir Charles Anthony King-Harman was Governor of Sierra Leone from December 1900 to October 1904.]

Publisher: Lisk-Carew Bros., Freetown. Caption: Kennema, Sierra Leone. Caption: West African Regt., trying the prisoner as they appear at Olympia, England.
Caption: Street Scene, Freetown. Caption: Cline Town shewing Bishop Crowther's Memorial Church, Freetown.

Caption: Big Market on a Saturday.

[Freetown's Big Market was burnt down in 1999 during the January 6 rebel attack on Freetown. It was rebuilt after the war ended at its location on Wallace Johnson Street in Central Freetown.]

Caption: The Laying of the Foundation Stone of the Albert Academy Freetown by G.B. Haddon Smith Esqr. C.M.G.

[Sir George Basil Haddon-Smith C.M.G. (Companion of the Order of St. Michael and St. George) was Colonial Secretary. He later served as Governor of the Windward Islands from 1914 to 1923.]

Caption: Children beating Judas on Good Friday. Caption: Law Courts, Freetown, Sierra Leone.
Caption: Water Street shewing Compagnie Française and Telegraph Company. Caption: Sierra-Leone, Freetown - A Corner.
Caption: Going Aboard - Freetown. Publisher: National Tourist Board and IPC. Caption: Twin Rivers.
Caption: English soldiers in Freetown, around 1920. Description: Governor Charles Anthony King-Harman and expatriate community in Freetown, ca. 1904.
Caption: Sierra Leone, Native Kiddies.

Caption: Sierra Leone, Dessert Tribes.

[The climate of Sierra Leone is tropical; although the postcard claimed to depict Sierra Leoneans, it clearly did not.]

Caption: Susu Bondo Party, Sierra Leone. Publisher: Lisk-Carew Bros., Freetown. Caption: Nichols Bridge, Freetown, Sierra Leone.

Caption: The Alimamis and Alphas in Sierra Leone, present at the Durbar held during the celebration of the Coronation of H.M. King Edward VII.

[King Edward VII was crowned "King of the United Kingdom and the British Dominions and Emperor of India" on 22 January 1901.]

Publisher: M. & Co., Nachf., Berlin. Caption: "Die Reise um die Welt." Gouvernementsgebäude. Government House, Bonthe, on Sherbro Island; Alte Rathgeber-Garegas. British Guinea, Freetown. Caption: With Every Good Wish. Wishing you a Merry Christmas and a Bright and very Happy New Year.
Publisher: Lisk-Carew Bros., Freetown, Sierra Leone. Caption: A hysterical acrobat, hammock dance, Sierra Leone.