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The database holds information on people of European origin who lived and worked in East Africa from about 1880 to 1939.

It concentrates mainly on Kenya, but there are a some entries for Uganda and Tanzania .

It was compiled by Peter Ayre, who began work on it in 1993. His interest in East African history and its participants had developed from his business as a dealer in second-hand books about East Africa. He continued to accumulate information gleaned from thousands of books, journals, newspapers, magazines, private papers and emails, until his death in 2018.  Club records, cemeteries, schools, baptismal and marriage registers, and recorded interviews, were further sources of information. After Peter Ayre died Christine Nicholls took over work on the database, editing it and adding new information. She uploaded the database to the internet.

The database is searchable. If you have any corrections or additional information, please contact Christine Nicholls at, and she will add it to the database.  She also has a website at

Peter Ayre’s wife Caro holds the documents used in the database, so queries about sources should be directed to her at She also has a vast collection of the database source books, which are for sale – see and

Christine Nicholls