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Born in 1845, Helen Caddick travelled the world between 1889 and 1914, writing A White Woman in Central Africa in 1900.
Caddick was interested in education, travel and anthropology, and was the first woman member of the West Bromwich Education Committee, and one of the first governors of the University of Birmingham. She helped to set up the Oak House, West Bromwich as a museum, mainly to house her collection, only some of which is still on display there. In the 1950s Oak House Museum was re-imagined as a historic house and so Caddick’s collection was moved to Wednesbury Museum and Art Gallery where it was on permanent display until the 1990s. Many articles from her collection of ethnograhical articles are now in the Sandwell Museum, West Bromwich. Artifacts include a stuffed Bengal tiger, the head of an egyptian mummy, and embroidered costumes from Palestine.
At first she visited Europe each year, but once in her 40s is seems she wanted bigger advetures and visited Palestine, Egypt, Japan, Canada, India, Java, Australia, South Africa, Uganda and other parts of Africa, USA, Mexico, the Caribbean, New Zealand, Panama, Peru, Argentina, Cambodia, China, Korea, Burma and the Phillippines.
In 1926 Caddick presented her diaries to the Birmingham Central library, and 12 volumes are now in the Library of Birmingham. These are the main source of information available on Caddick. Her typed diaries are also accompanied by hundreds of photos she bought or commissioned, which makes them an important record of the places she visited.
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