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SOUTH AFRICAN ACCIDENT COUNCIL

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0074 CLC/B/017-19
Held at: London Metropolitan Archives - click here to see details of the physical location of collection
Full title: SOUTH AFRICAN ACCIDENT COUNCIL
Date(s): 1915-1965
Level of description: Collection
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Extent: 89 production units.
Name of creator(s): South African Accident Council

Context

Administrative/Biographical history:

The first meeting of insurance offices interested in the tariff situation in South Africa was held at the offices of the Railway Passengers Assurance Company at 64 Cornhill, London on 11 February 1915. At that time the tariff associations in Johannesburgand Cape Town had practically ceased to function, and the 15 companies represented at the meeting had been called together by Arthur Worley of the "Railway Passengers" to consider improving the situation for the future, and the resuscitation of the local associations to control the writing of workmen's compensation insurance. As a result the South African Accident Council was formed. The local associations in South Africa, in particular the Cape Province Accident Offices Association (later known as the Cape Accident Offices Association) and the Transvaal Accident Offices Association, remained independent of each other, but were controlled by the London-based South African Accident Council. These two associations ceased to function in 1935 when the Workmen's Compensation Insurers' Association of South Africa was formed.

In 1925, the South African Accident Council set up a council in South Africa called the Accident Insurance Council of South Africa. On 1 January 1944 this body relinquished its control of workmen's compensation to a new organisation, the Accident Offices Association of Southern Africa which replaced the Workmen's Compensation Insurers' Association of South Africa; it also absorbed the Southern Rhodesian Workmen's Compensation Insurers' Association. The Accident Insurance Council of South Africa continued to exist, but dealt mainly with motor insurance. The meetings of the South African Accident Council were held originally at 64 Cornhill, London, in the offices of the Railway Passengers Assurance Company, whose manager Arthur Worley had founded the Council. From 1922, its meetings were held at the offices of the Accident Offices Association which also provided executive and secretarial services.

Content

Scope and content/abstract:

The records of the South African Accident Council include copy minutes, meetings papers and circulars of several of the South African accident associations, which were sent back to the South African Accident Council in London. These include records of: the Cape Accident Offices Association; the Transvaal Accident Offices Association; the Workmen's Compensation Insurers' Association of South Africa; the Accident Insurance Council of South Africa; the Southern Rhodesian Workmen's Compensation Insurers' Association; and the Accident Offices Association of Southern Africa.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:
English

System of arrangement:

Records arranged by MS number, assigned during cataloguing at the Guildhall Library Manuscripts Section.

Conditions governing access:

Access by appointment only. Please contact staff.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Copyright to this collection rests with the City of London.

Finding aids:

Please see online catalogues at: http://search.lma.gov.uk/opac_lma/index.htm

Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

The records of the South African Accident Council were deposited in the Manuscripts Section of Guildhall Library by the Accident Offices Association on 27 June 1985. The deposit was converted to a gift in June 1994 by the Association of British Insurers. The Guildhall Library Manuscripts Section merged with the London Metropolitan Archives in 2009.

Allied Materials

Related material:

Further information about the Accident Offices Association can be found in the Accident Offices Association introductory notes; see CLC/B/017-02.


Publication note:

Description Notes

Archivist's note:

Rules or conventions:
Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997.

Date(s) of descriptions:
November 2010 to January 2011.

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