List of British representatives in Zanzibar

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Flag of the British Resident in Zanzibar (1918–1955).
Flag of the British Resident in Zanzibar (1955–1963).

This is a list of British representatives in Zanzibar from 1841 to 1963. They were responsible for representing British interests in the Sultanate of Zanzibar. From 1913 to 1961 they were also the vizier of the Sultan of Zanzibar.

On 7 November 1890, the United Kingdom proclaimed protectorate over the Sultanate (according to the terms of the Heligoland–Zanzibar Treaty with the German Empire). On 10 December 1963, the United Kingdom terminated its protectorate.

On 12 January 1964, the Sultanate was overthrown in the Zanzibar Revolution, and the People's Republic of Zanzibar was proclaimed. On 26 April 1964, the People's Republic united with mainland Tanganyika to form the United Republic of Tanganyika and Zanzibar, which was later renamed to the United Republic of Tanzania.


(Dates in italics indicate de facto continuation of office)

Tenure Portrait Incumbent Notes
May 1841 to 5 July 1857 Atkins Hamerton, Consul
1858 to 1860 Christopher Palmer Rigby, Consul
1861 to 1862 Lewis Pelly, Consul
1862 to 1865 Robert Lambert Playfair, Consul
1865 to 1870 Henry Adrian Churchill, Consul
1870 to 1873 JohnKirk1908.jpg John Kirk, Consul
1873 to 1886 John Kirk, Consul-General
1887 to 1888 SirClaudeMacdonald.jpg Claude Maxwell MacDonald, Consul-General
1888 to 7 November 1890 Charles Euan-Smith.jpg Sir Charles Bean Euan-Smith, Consul-General
7 November 1890 to 5 March 1891 Sir Charles Bean Euan-Smith, acting Consul-General
6 March 1891 to 12 December 1892 Gerald Herbert Portal, Consul-General From 6 August 1892, Sir Gerald Herbert Portal
12 December 1892 to February 1894 Rennel of rodd.jpg James Rennell Rodd, Consul-General
February 1894 to 1900 Sir-Arthur-Henry-Hardinge.jpg Arthur Henry Hardinge, Consul-General From 22 June 1897, Sir Arthur Henry Hardinge
1900 to 1904 Sir Charles Norton Edgecumbe Eliot.jpg Sir Charles Norton Edgecumbe Eliot, Agent and Consul-General
1904 to 20 June 1908 Basil Shillito Cave, Agent and Consul-General
1908 to 13 February 1913 Edward Clarke, Agent and Consul-General
1 July 1913 to 1922 Francis Barrow Pearce, Resident
1922 to December 1923 John Houston Sinclair, Resident
January 1924 to 1929 Alfred Claud Hollis, Resident From 1 January 1927, Sir Alfred Claud Hollis
December 1929 to 1937 Richard Sims Donkin Rankine, Resident From 3 June 1932, Sir Richard Sims Donkin Rankine
1937 Samuel Burnside Boyd McElderry, acting Resident
October 1937 to 1940 John Hathorn Hall, Resident
1941 to 1946 Henry Guy Pilling, Resident
1946 to 1951 Vincent Goncalves Glenday, Resident
1952 to 1954 John Dalzell Rankine, Resident
2 November 1954 to 1959 Henry Steven Potter, Resident From 31 May 1956, Sir Henry Steven Potter
1959 to 1963 Arthur George Rixson Mooring, Resident

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External links[edit]

  • Ben Cahoon (2000). "Zanzibar". Retrieved 14 January 2017.