im Thurn, Everard Ferdinand


Sir Everald Im Thurn, was born in 1852 and educated at Marlborough and Exeter College, Oxford. He was appointed curator of the British Guiana Museum in 1877 on the recommendation of Sir Joseph Hooker, then Director of the Royal Botanical Gardens, Kew. Whilst in British Guinana, Im Thurn spent a great deal of time exploring and learning about the indigenous tribes of the region. He published a number of articles and books about the tribes and customs of the tribes of Guiana and set up a journal, Timehri, about the country. His exploration of the country included the famous ascent of the table top mountain of Roraima. He served as magistrate at Pomeroon, 1882-1891, before leaving the country for positions on the Venezuelan bondary commission (1897-1899) and Leiutenant Governor and Colonial Secretary of Ceylon (1901-1904) before being appointed Governor of Fiji and High Commissioner of the Western Pacific from 1904-1910.
Im Thurn recieved many honours in his lifetime and among then he was a fellow of both the Royal Geographical Society (serving as Vice President 1914-1917) and the President of the Royal Anthropological Institute (1919-1920). He was created C.M.G. in 1892
and K.C.M.G. in 1905, C.B. in 1900, and K.B.E. in 1918.

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governer of Fiji (1852 - 1932)

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