SIERRA LEONE GOVERNMENT
PRINTED AND PUBLISHED BY THE GOVERNMENT PRINTING DEPARTMENT, SIERRA LEONE
ANNUAL REPORT OF THE MONUMENTS AND RELICS
COMMISSION FOR THE YEAR ENDED, 1959
The composition of the Commison for the year under review was
I. Dr. M. C. F. Easmon, O.B.E.-Chairman
The Honourable Dr. J. Karefa-Smart
The Director of Geological Surveys, J. D. Pollett, Esq., O.B.E.
The Director of Education, D. H. Creed-Newton, Esq., M.B.E.
The Director of Public Works, R. L. Armstrong, Esq.
Paramount Chief Bai Kur
G. L. V. Williams, Esq.
The Honourable J. P. Birch, C.B.E.
G. Massie Taylor, Esq.
Dr. A. P. Kup
During the year the following resigned:-
Paramount Chief Bai Kur-for health reasons.
The Honourable J. P. Birch, C.B.E., on retirement.
Mr. G. L. V. Williams pressure of official duties.
Their places have not been filled. It was resolved that suggestions be
made to the Governor for the filling of these vacancies. At the February
meeting, to carry on till a new Secretary was obtained Mr. A. R. Jones was
appointed to assist in the Secretarial duties at 24 per annum.
II. Meetings. Four were held. February, April, June and October.
III. Proclamations as Ancient Monuments.
(i) The St. Charles Church and remains of the wall of the
King's Yard at Regent-Public Notice No. 69 of 1959 of
5th June, 1959.
(ii) The firing point and four guns and two earliest tombstones
of Captain Reid R.N. 1712 and Lieutenant J. W. Probert
R.N. 1847-Public Notice No. 130 of 1959 of 24th Septem-
ber, 1959-in the Cemetery at Dublin, Banana Islands.
(iii) Preliminary steps are being taken for the proclamation of
three guns at Lungi.
(iv) Routine maintenance work has been carried out in respect
of the following Proclaimed Monuments:
A. Heddle's Farm. The perimeter and approach roads
have been kept cleared by the Surveys and Lands
Department and the hedges and the area inside the
hedges by the Horticulturist. Also some work was done
by capping the tops of the walls of the building with
cement to prevent further erosion and weathering.
As many have found it difficult to locate this ancient
monument the Public Works Department have erected
two Sign Posts: the first at the junction of Barham
Road and the Regent Road and the second a little way
up the Regent Road where the road to Heddle's Farm
branches off to the left.
B. Bunce Island. The usual clearii of high bush and the
tending of paths and hedges and cemetery have been
kept up and the Rest H9use has been prepared by the
Public Works Department (replacement of a few floor
boards and celotex s0Jets to make good the ravages of
tarmites and dry rotJ. The trees growing on the tops of
the wall pollarded three years ago by the Forestry
Department are sprouting up again and pollarding will
again be necessary in 1960. It is still an attraction for
picnic parties who can get the services of a launch, and
again on Easter Bank Holiday the Chairman escorted a
party of the Sierra Leone Society and friends. Landing
has always been a problem and estimates will be
obtained for the erection of a concrete jetty on the site
of the old wharf.
C. The De Ruyter Stone. When it was learnt that the City
Council were about to erect a landing jetty at King
Jimmy the Chairman at once wrote to the Town Clerk
pointing out the proximity of the buried Monument and
received a reply that this would not be interfered with.
IV. Memorial Plaques. Of the three erected in 1958, that to
Prempeh I Asantehene of the Ashanti Confederacy was removed and will
have to be replaced.
Preliminary steps have been taken to erect four more plaques, three at
once and the fourth when the new Post Office is erected. The three are to
be put on houses wherein different Governors resided when Government
House in Fort Thornton was uninhabitable. They are:-
(i) On the main building of C.F.A.O. headquarters at Water Street
where the following Governors resided:-
Lieutenant-Colonel C. N. Maxwell .. .. .. .. .. 1811-1814
Sir Charles MacCarthy .. .. .. .. 1814-1824
Sir Charles Turner .. .. .. .. .. .. 1824-1826
Sir Neil Campbell .. .. .. .. .. .. .. 1826-1827
(ii) On the North and older half of the original C.M.S. Grammar
School in Oxford Street originally put up for the Superintendent
of the LIBERATED AFRICANS Department and was used
as Government House: by-
Lieutenant-Colonel Dixon Denham 1828
Sir John Jeremie Bart 1840-1841
(iii) On the wall of the Fire Force Headquarters in George Street
opposite the Secretariat a house stood and used as Government
Acting Governor Robert Dougan 1854-1855
V. Excavations. Two written applications were received for permits
to dig on Bunce Island and elsewhere. The first was from Messrs. Jones
and Smith of Mining and General Services Limited. They met the Chairman
and other members of the Commission on the spot and after due considera-
tion a written permit was given to them. All finds to be handed over to the
Sierra Leone Museum. Very little was done however beyond one trial
shaft about 6 ft..deep and the clearing of a drain in the room with a vaulted
roof. Smith even lek on transfer and pressure on his work and difficulties
in getting transport (launch) hindered Mr. Jones. Also Mr. Jones leaves the
Colony for good in January. The seconS was an application from a
Mr. Thomas Newman of the State College Oregan united States of America
and sponsored by Professor V. R. Dorjah.of the Department of Anthropology
Oregan University, United States of America who has previously done ethno-
graphical research in Sierra Leone. This was a very wide programme starting
from the pre-history period of Sierra Leone and after discussion at a
meeting the Chairman replied stating that they welcomed the idea and would
give any help they could under the Ordinance No. 12 of 1946 and suggested
the need of a preliminary survey. This expedition would not involve the
Commission in any financial outlay. Mr. Newman has sent a further letter
in reply stating that the area he will work on is the Rokel River Drainage
and some of the Coastal sites. He would not arrive in Sierra Leone before
We received confidential reports from the Department of Antiquities and
from the British Museum Ethnographical Department about wholesale expor-
tation of Antiquities from Nigeria which Nigerian Legislation had been
unable to prevent. Since certain Nomoli and Bundu Masks from Sierra
Leone were also known to be exported it was suggested that Sierra Leone
Government be approached to strengthen local Legislation in addition to
steps taken some years ago when Nomoli were proclaimed Ancient Relics to
MONUMENTS AND RELICS COMMISSION
FINANCIAL STATEMENT, 1959.
Balance of cash 1.1.59
Government Subvention 1959
Unauthorised Subvention from Treasury
Bunce Island-Wages and Clearing
Bank Charges etc.
Total payments in 1959
Balance in Bank
. .. 14 0
789 1 3
952 15 5
I HEREBY CERTIFY that in the case of labour at Bunce Island, clerical
honorarium and sundry office expenses, where no written receipts were
obtained, these amounts were actually paid by me.
M. C. F. EASMON.
30th March, 1960.
The above account has been examined in accordance with Section 6 (2)
of the Monuments and Relics Ordinance (No. 12 of 1946). I have received
all the information and explanations that I have required and I certify, as a
result of this audit, that in my opinion the account is correct.
2. Although the subvention voted for the year was 250, subsequently
supplemented by 62, the Treasury has paid the Commission 500 during
the year. The additional subvention of 62 was presumably to extend the
Commission's financial year to 31st March 1960, but this has not been
3. Clerical honoraria rose from 1 in 1958 to 22 in 1959.
30th March, 1960.
M. C. F. Easmon,
30th March, 1960.
452 15 5
250 0 0
250 0 0
952 15 5