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Name: ATKINSON, Eustace Clare

Nee: bro of Herbert Benjamin and Dr Arthur Edward Atkinson

Birth Date: 1870 Stamford, Lincolnshire

Death Date: before 1938

First Date: 1900 March

Profession: Started a saw-milling business near Nairobi, then later, with his partner Dr Atkinson, established a saw mill in the Molo/Elburgon area where they owned about 20,000 acres. He was also a founder member of the Nairobi Colonist's Association.

Area: Nairobi and later Molo/Elburgon, EAHB 1905 - Njoro, 1922 - Kibigori, 1925 Londiani, 1919 Kampi Kongoni

Book Reference: Gillett, HBEA, White Man, EAHB 1905, KAD, Red 25, Red 31, Hut, North, Playne, Pioneers, Drumkey, Red 22, Land, EAHB 1906, EAHB 1904, EAHB 1907, SKP, Rift Valley, Red 19

General Information:

White Man - 1904 - Equator Farm of Lord Delamere - 'couple of rough grass huts which Dr. Atkinson's brother had built for him.'
Playne - The Equator Sawmills - It is 11 years since Dr. Atkinson came to BEA, in the company of Lord Delamere. Mr E.C. Atkinson came in 1900, and started the first sawmill in the country at Nairobi. Four years later the Equator Sawmills were started with Dr. Atkinson and Mr E.C. Atkinson as partners. The mills are 1.5 miles from Molo or Elburgon on the railway line, and have their own siding. .......... Six Europeans are employed on the staff. The partners own 10000 acres of land on either side of the railway, making a total of 20000 acres, mostly timber ......... Logs are taken into the mill by means of oxen, and contracts are let for haulage. ........... Messrs Atkinson had the first imported pure-bred bull in the country, and still take keen interest in stock, but owing to their sawmill business they find their time fully taken up now. They own 10000 acres at Londiani, on which a house has been built. Dr Atkinson has taken a keen interest in the Pastoralists' Association, and Mr E.C. Atkinson started the Colonists' Association.
North - At first meeting of 'Committee of Europeans' Nairobi 4-1-1902; Visiting Mombasa from Nairobi, meeting Lord Delamere 12-12-1902; Land Grant applications, Nairobi July 1902 and Mau Escarpment 22-12-1903; operating sawmill near Nairobi.
Land - 1906 - E.C. Atkinson - Grazing, 10,000 acres - Njoro - 99 years lease from 1/4/1906 - Registered 26/6/1906 Pioneers - Londiani & Mau Summit - E.C. Atkinson, brother of the Dr. Atkinson who came to East Africa with Lord Delamere, lived on the farm known as Kampi Kongoni, and built many dams to encourage game and birds. The hotel, built by Lord Cranworth, was run by a third Atkinson brother and his wife before it was bought by Mr McGregor.
EAHB 1906 - E. Atkinson, Elburgon
EAHB 1904 - Masai-Land District Residents - Atkinson, Eustace - Ruaraka, near Nairobi
SKP - 1938 - Society of Kenya Pioneers - over 30 years in Colony - arrived March 1900, Londiani
Rift Valley - Member of the Rift Valley Sports Club - Jan 1929 - Elected - 20 Nov 1916 - E.C. Atkinson
Gazette - 12/11/1919 - Register of Voters - Lake Area - Eustace Clare Atkinson - Settler - Koru
Red Book 1919 - E C Atkinson - Settler - Londiani

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