Memoirs of a Medical Officer in Northern Nigeria 1957-1964
Carnforth: 2QT Ltd, 2010 viii +248 pp. ISBN: 978-190809802-3 (hbk.)
ISBN: 978-1-90809-803-0 (pbk.)
Reviewed in Overseas Pensioner 2011 101 58-59 (J.G.Harford)
I Am Directed: The Lighter Side of the Civil Service
Ibadan: Spectrum Books 1991 iii + 135 pp
One Leg One Wing
Ibadan: Spectrum Books 2001 134 pp ISBN 978-029140-7
The author was an administrator in the fifties' colonial government; a member of the Nigerian High Commission in London before independence; Permanent Secretary in various ministries in the sixties and seventies; and an academic and government advisor.
White Man in Black Skin
Ibadan: Spectrum Books 1981 xiii + 125 pp
Memoirs of a Nigerian DO, with last 25 pages of reflections on public administration in colonial Nigeria.
ADEBO, SIMEON OLA
Our Unforgettable Years
Lagos: Macmillan, Nigeria 1984 vi + 307 pp ISBN (hardback) 978-132737-5
(paperback) 9 781 32734 0
Adebo (1913-1994) entered Government service as an Administrative Officer cadet in 1942, rising to Assistant Financial Secretary in 1954 and Head of the Civil Service and Chief Secretary in 1961. This is the story of his first 49 years.
. Our International Years
Ibadan: Spectrum Books 1988 vi + 307 pp ISBN 987-246-025-7
The second half of Adebo’s autobiography describing his time as Nigeria’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations 1962-1967 and as Executive Director of UNITAR 1968-1972.
ADU, A L
The Civil Service in Commonwealth Africa: Development and Transition
London: George Allen & Unwin 1969 253 pp ISBN (hardback) 04-351-0256
(paperback) 04- 351026-4
Adu, a one-time Head of the Ghana Civil Service, became a Deputy Commonwealth Secretary-General. His first chapter gives “Historical Perspectives”.
The Civil Service in New African States
London: Allen & Unwin 1965 242 pp
An earlier version of the previous
AHIRE, PHILIP TERDOO
Imperial Policing: the Emergence and Role of the Police in Colonial Nigeria 1860-1960
Buckingham: Open University Press 1991 xviii + 165 pp ISBN 0-335-09654-9
The author, a Senior Lecturer in Criminology at Ahmadu Bello University, takes a critical and somewhat theoretical rather than a chronological approach. He argues that the police force emerged as a coercive imposition which functioned in advance of the basic colonial objectives of conquest, consolidation and exploitation of indigenous people.
Reviewed in Journal of Modern African Studies 31(4) 1993 700-702 (Otwin Marenin)
. AINLEY, JOHN
Pink Stripes and Obedient Servants: An Agriculturalist in Tanganyika
Driffield: The Ridings Publishing Co 2001 249 pp ISBN 0-95409440-9
Leicester: Ulverscroft Foundation 2002 367 pp ISBN 0-7089-4760-3
John Ainley was an Agricultural Officer in Tanganyika from 1945-65, serving in
many up-country districts and pioneering the use of broadcasting to promote
improved agricultural practices. Well illustrated with the author’s photographs.
Reviewed in African Affairs 103 (412) 2004 471-491 (Ashley Jackson)
Overseas Pensioner 83 2002 53-54 (R W Neath)
Tanzanian Affairs 71 2002 45-46 (C A Waldron)
AINSWORTH, JOHN DAWSON
John Ainsworth, Pioneer Kenya Administrator, 1864-1946: Being the Hitherto Unpublished Memoirs of Colonel John D Ainsworth
edited with the kind permission of J M Silvester
London: Macmillan 1955 111 pp
Feeling the Stones: Reminiscences
Hong Kong: Hong Kong University Press 2004 xiii + 278 pp ISBN 962-209-655-7
Sir David Akers-Jones was a Chief Secretary of Hong Kong who “stayed on”.
Reviewed in Overseas Pensioner 89 2005 55-56 (Gillian Bickley)
From the Middle Temple to the South Seas
London: John Murray 1927 xiii + 287 pp
Glaswegian by birth and education, Alexander (1871-1958) was appointed Chief Police Magistrate, Fiji in 1907, knowing “nothing of Fiji except that it wassomewhere in the Pacific Ocean”. He practised in the West Pacific region until appointment to Tanganyika in 1920. He describes this as “a volume setting out the experiences of one of the rank and file in out-of-the way parts of the world [which] may prove of interest to the stay-at-home professional men and women of the British Isles…The viewpoint has been that of the practising barrister rather than that of the official. No attempt has been made to deal with the problems of anthropology, folk-lore or administration”.
Tanganyika Memories: A Judge in the Red Kanzu
London and Glasgow: Blackie & Sons 1936 244 pp
Sequel to the From the Middle Temple to the South Seas. Alexander was Senior Puisne Judge, Tanganyika 1920-1925 with periods as Acting Chief Justice. A cheery anecdotal account. “Red tape, statistics and the musty records of the law have been studiously avoided”.
London: Quartet Books 1993 223 pp ISBN 0-7043-2366-4
Based on interviews and conversation with 100 “colonial women”: “in education, nursing, missionaries, doctors or District Officers’ and Governors’ wives”. Grouped geographically with chapters on East and Central Africa, West Africa, West Indies, South Atlantic Islands, Malaysia and Hong Kong, the Mediterranean, the Pacific and Aden.
Solomon’s Safari, 1953-58
Christchurch, NZ: Nag’s Head Press 1989 and 1990 2 Vols 193 pp ISBN 0-90-8784-57-0
Vol I describes Allan’s work and travels as Special Lands Commissioner in the Solomons. He was then posted to the Western Pacific High Commission Secretariat.
Reviewed in Overseas Pensioner 63 1992 52-53 (Anthony Kirk-Greene)
. ALLEN, CHARLES (ed) in association with Helen Fry
Tales from the Dark Continent
London: André Deutsch and BBC 1979 xvii + 166 pp ISBN 0-233-97171-8 and
Based on the recorded experience of some fifty men and women, mainly from the Colonial Administrative Service in African colonies. Introduction by Anthony Kirk-Greene, whose reminiscences are extensively quoted.
ALLEN, CHARLES (ed) in association with Michael Nason
Tales from the South China Seas
London: André Deutsch and BBC 1983 240 pp ISBN 0-56320-032-4
Like Plain Tales from the Raj and Tales from the Dark Continent this compilation originated in a BBC Radio 4 oral documentary. It was assembled from taped recollections of 50 men and women who spent the greater part of their adult life in the British colonies, protectorates and concessions of South East Asia, concentrating on the inter-war period. Chapter 7 Pax Britannica deals with the Colonial Service.
ALLEN, J DE VERE
Malayan Civil Service 1874-1941: Colonial Bureaucracy/Malayan elite
Comparative studies in society and history 12(2) 1970 149-178
Stresses the importance of the MCS in Malayan history. The main themes will be the growth in numbers, the emergence of a distinctive esprit de corps and the efforts, largely successful, to maintain a certain degree of independence or at any rate internal self-government which sometimes led into disputes or open clashes with Whitehall, with the High Commissioner in Singapore or the rest of the European community in Malaya itself. A commentary on this article by Gayl D Ness follows on pp 179-187.
Two Imperialists: A Study of Sir Frank Swettenham and Sir Hugh Clifford
Journal of the Malaysian Branch of the Royal Asiatic Society 37(1) 1964 41-73
ALLEN, Sir PETER
Interesting Times: Uganda Diaries 1955-1986
Lewes: The Book Guild 2000 xiii + 670 pp ISBN 1-857-76484-4
Unannotated diary entries with no framing material. Sir Peter served in the Uganda Police 1955-1962. He was called to the bar and later served as lecturer and Principal of the Uganda Law School. He was Chief Justice of Uganda 1973-1985 and a High Court Judge, Lesotho 1987-89.
Reviewed in Overseas Pensioner 80 2000 56-57 (Jake Jacobs)
. ALLISON, PHILIP
Life in the White Man’s Grave: A Pictorial Study of the British in West Africa
London: Viking 1988 192 pp ISBN 0-670-81020-7
Collection of nearly 150 photographs accompanied by a brief historical sketch and personal reminiscences. Allison was in the Nigerian Forestry Service, mainly in the South West from 1931 to 1960.
Reviewed in Journal of African History 3(3) 1989 516 (David Killingray)
ALTRINCHAM, Lord (Sir Edward Grigg)
Kenya’s Opportunity: Memories, Hopes and Ideas
London: Faber and Faber 1955 308 pp
Altrincham was Governor of Kenya 1925-1931. This book was written years later against the background of the Mau Mau emergency. He argued that British policy should be to establish confederations of autonomous tribal communities under British protection, economic support and (in the ultra-provincial sphere) political suzerainty. A short chapter is devoted to Sir Donald Cameron (see items 132, 231 ).
Histories of the Hanged: The Dirty War in Kenya and the End of Empire
London: Weidenfeld and Nicholson 2005 x + 406 pp ISBN 0-297-84719-8
Using the testimonies of those who fought on both sides and court records of trials, Anderson tells the story of Mau Mau and its suppression.
Reviewed in African Studies Review 48(3) 2005 147-154 (Pascal James Imperato)
(“Differing perspectives on Mau Mau”: review covering Elkins, Anderson and Lovatt Smith, summarised in the Overseas Pensioner 91 2006 46-47)
Contemporary European History 15(4) 2006 573-583 (A J Stockwell in review article entitled “British Decolonisation: the record and the records”)
English Historical Review 120(488) 2005 1063-1065 (Richard Reid)
International Bulletin of Missionary Research 29(3) 2005 160 (Aylward Shorter)
Journal of African History 46(3) 2005 493-516 (Bethwell Ogot)
London Review of Books March 3 2005 3-6 (Bernard Porter)
Overseas Pensioner 90 2005 48-50 (T H R Cashmore)
The Round Table 96(389) 2007 201-223 (Joanna Lewis in review article entitled “Nasty brutish and in shorts? British colonial rule, violence and the historians of Mau Mau”).
Times Higher Education Supplement September 30 2005 (John Darwin)
Times Literary Supplement 5320 March 18 2005 37 (Justin Willis)
ANDERSON, DAVID M and KILLINGRAY, DAVID (eds)
Policing and Decolonization: Politics, Nationalism and the Police, 1917-65
Manchester: Manchester University Press 1992 xi + 227 pp ISBN 0-7190-3033-1
The editors provide an overview. Other notable chapters on Ghana
(Richard Rathbone), Malaya (A J Stockwell), Kenya (David Throup),
Malawi (John McCracken) and Cyprus (David Anderson).
Reviewed in Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth History 21(2) 1993 475-476
Journal of Modern African Studies 30(3) 1992 518-520 (John D Brewer)
ANDERSON, MALCOLM (ed)
The Geographic Labourers of Arewa: The Story of the Northern Nigerian Survey
Milton Keynes: M F Anderson 2004 490 pp ISBN 1-871315-84-0
Based on diaries, research, details of surveying operations and contributions describing everyday life from professional surveyors who served in Northern Nigeria from the 1940s to the 1970s.
Reviewed in African Research & Documentation 95 2004 67-68 (John Smith)
Britain-Nigeria Association Newsletter February 2005 3-4
Overseas Pensioner 88 2004 51-53 (Trevor Clark)
ANDERSON, RONNIE G (ed)
Palm Wine and Leopard’s Whiskers – Reminiscences of Eastern Nigeria
Central Otago, New Zealand: The Author 1999 xiv + 227 pp ISBN 0-473-06294-1
A themed anthology in 30 chapters with titles such as Arrivals, Bush Touring and Riots and Disturbances.
Reviewed in Cambridge, 47 2001 68-69 (Richard Barlow-Poole)
Overseas Pensioner 79 2000 45 (Robert Varvill)
ARCHER, Sir GEOFFREY
Personal and Historical Memoirs of an East African Administrator
Edinburgh: Oliver and Boyd for the author 1963 xiii + 260 pp
Archer was Sir Frederick Jackson’s nephew and “in July, 1901, at the age of nineteen, I landed on the East Coast of Africa in search of a career”. After serving as a District Commissioner, he was the youngest man yet appointed governor when he became Governor of British Somaliland (where he had to deal with the Mad Mullah) in 1914. He went on to become Governor of Uganda 1923-1924 and Governor-General of the Anglo-Egyptian Sudan 1925-1926. This book, written after a long retirement, ends with ruminations on his past career and the present situations, dated 1960.
Reviewed in African Affairs 63(252) 1964 245-247 (H B Thomas)
ARROWSMITH, K[eith] V.
Edinburgh, Cambridge, Durham: Pentland Press 1991 177 pp ISBN 1-872795-24-2
Anecdotal account of an Administrative Officer in Eastern Nigeria1949-1957.
Reviewed in Overseas Pensioner 63 1992 58 (JWH O’Regan)
The Changing Scenes of Life: from the Colonial Service to the European Civil Service
London, New York: Radcliffe Press, 2014 ix + 195 pp. ISBN 9781780768342.
After war service in India and South East Asia, Arrowsmith joined the Colonial Service and worked in eastern Nigeria, Uganda and, his birthplace, Hong Kong. His final post was with the Directorate General for Agriculture of the European Commission.
Reviewed in Overseas Pensioner 108 2014 51-52 (A.H.M. Kirk-Greene)
From Mau Mau to Harambee: Memoirs and Memoranda of Colonial Kenya
edited by Joanna Lewis
Cambridge: African Studies Centre 1995 221 pp ISBN 0-902993-305
Preface by John Lonsdale and sympathetic introduction by Joanna Lewis. Incorporates original documents. Part I Memoirs of Colonial Kenya gives a brief introduction to Kenya and the main features of British rule. Part II covers the Mau Mau emergency and Part III is a detailed account of Community Development in Colonial Kenya.
Reviewed in Overseas Pensioner 72 1996 70-71 (Mary Tiffin)
Getting my Knees Brown: Day to Day Episodes in Colonial Kenya
[s.l.]: The Author 1996,271 pp ISBN 0-9529124-06
Cheerful, self-deprecating account of career in Kenya. Askwith went to Kenya in 1936. Ten years later he was appointed Municipal Native Affairs Officer, Nairobi and then Commissioner for Community Development. He was given responsibility for designing and running a Rehabilitation Programme for Mau Mau detainees.
Reviewed in Overseas Pensioner 73 1997 47-48 (Veronica Bellers)
ATKINSON, M C
An African Life: Tales of a Colonial Officer
London: Radcliffe Press 1992 128 pp ISBN 1-870915-14-3
Atkinson was an Administrative Officer in Western Nigeria 1939-1959. He served in the Ministry of Home Affairs, Ibadan and was involved in planning the Queen’s visit in 1956.
Reviewed in Journal of African History 36(1) 1995 156-157 (Ann O’Hear)
Reviewed in Overseas Pensioner 61 1991 33-34 (Anthony Kirk-Greene)
Yet more Nigerian Tales of the Colonial Era
Privately printed 1993 31 pp
Reviewed in Overseas Pensioner 66 1993 58-59 (Anthony Kirk-Greene)
A Falklands Diary: Winds of Change in a Distant Colony
London: Radcliffe Press 2009 xi + 244 pp ISBN 987-184511-7139
Reviewed in Overseas Pensioner 99 2010 50-51 (David Tatham)
AX, CHRISTINA FOLKE, BRIMNES, NILES, JENSEN, NIKLAS THODE and KAREN OSLUND (eds)
Cultivating the Colonies: colonial states and their environmental legacies Athens: Ohio University Press, 2011, xiv + 337 pp.
Two chapters of particular interest: Peder Anke on ‘Ecological communication at the Oxford Imperial Forestry Institute’ (pp. 275–99) amd Joseph H. Hodge ‘Colonial experts, development and environmental doctrines and the legacies of late British colonialism’ (pp. 300–26)
. BAENA, ROSALIE
Of Misses and Tuan Kechils: Colonial Memoirs as a Cultural Mediation in British Malaya
Ariel39 (1/2) 2008 89-113
The New Friendly Islanders
London: Hodder & Stoughton 1993 207 pp ISBN 0-340-58338-X
Bain first went to Tonga at the age of 29 in 1953, on loan from the government of Fiji to act as Secretary to the government of Tonga. Some account of this episode is woven into his general account of Tonga and the Tongans published to mark the King’s 75th birthday.
Reviewed in Overseas Pensioner 67 1994 52-53 (Jill Weston)
BAKER, COLIN A
The Administration of Posts and Telecommunications, 1871-1974
Society of Malawi Journal 39(2) 1976 6-33
Focuses on function, staffing and finance.
Civil Response to War: The Nyasaland Civil Service, 1939-1945
Society of Malawi Journal 38(1) 1985 44-61
Examines the response of the Nyasaland Government to World War II and the immediate and long term effects on the Civil Service.
.Development Governor: A Biography of Sir Geoffrey Colby
London: British Academic Press 1994 xiv + 407 pp ISBN 1-850-43616-9
Sir Geoffrey Colby 1901-1958 served in Nigeria 1925-1947 and was Governor of Nyasaland 1948-1956.
Reviewed in International Journal of African Historical Studies 36(2) 2003 464-466
Exit from Empire: A Biography of Sir Richard Turnbull
Cardiff: Mpemba Books 2010 507 pp ISBN 978-0-9542020-5-7
Reviewed in Overseas Pensioner 100 2010 56-57 (George Shepperson)
Tanzanian Affairs 101 2012 55-58 (David Le Breton)
Turnbull served in Kenya 1931-58, ending as Chief Secretary. Governor of Tanganyika 1958-62 and High Commissioner in Aden 1964-67.
Expatriate Experience of Life and Work in Nyasaland
Cardiff: Mpenda Books, 2012, 410 pp.
Reviewed in Overseas Pensioner 106 66(Jonathan Lawley)
Society of Malawi Journal 67(2), 2014, 51-52 (Christopher Bean)
Expatriate Experience of Life and Work in Nyasaland (Volume 2)
Cardiff: The Author, 2014, 400 pp.
Reviewed in Overseas Pensioner 107 2014 59 (Jonathan Lawley)
Expatriate Experience of Life and Work in Nyasaland (Volume 3)
Cardiff: Mpenda Boos, 2014, 382 pp.
Reviewed in Overseas Pensioner 109, 2015, 53-54 (Jonathan Lawley)
. A Fine Chest of Medals: the Life of Jack Archer
Cardiff: Mpemba Books and Blantyre: Kachere Books 2003 xiv + 296 pp
ISBN 0-95420201-5 and 9908-16-562
Archer joined the Nyasaland Civil Service after an adventurous military career which included service at Omdurman and in the Boer War. From 1919 to 1939 he was Superintendent of the Central Prison, Lunatic Asylum and Leprosarium. He rejoined the KAR in 1939 and served in Nyasaland through World War II.
Reviewed in Australasian Review of African Studies 25(2) 2003 88-89
Society of Malawi Journal 57(1) 2004 43-44 (George Shepperson)
Mangoes on the Moon: An Anthology of Nyasaland-Malawi Anecdotes
Cardiff: Mpemba Books 2006 165 pp ISBN 0-9542020-2-3
An anthology of anecdotes, mostly from the decade or so before and after Independence in 1964, and limericks. In a short but telling preface, Colin Baker muses on the nature of truth, fiction and anecdote. Colin Baker was a District Commissioner in Nyasaland and later Under-Secretary in the Office of the President and Cabinet. He went on to teach Public Administration in Malawi, Nigeria and Glamorgan.
Reviewed in African Research & Documentation 101 2006 70-71 (Terry Barringer)
Society of Malawi Journal 59(2) 2006 53 (George Shepperson)
. Nyasaland’s Governors: A Baker’s Dozen
Society of Malawi Journal 54(2) 2001 28-32
The 13 governors of Nyasaland 1891-1964. A talk given to the Friends of Malawi Association.
London: I B Tauris 1998 xiii + 418 pp ISBN 1-860642-233
Sir Robert Armitage (1906-1990) began his career in Kenya 1929-1947, became Financial Secretary, Gold Coast and successively Governor of Cyprus and of Nyasaland.
Reviewed in International Journal of African Historical Studies 36(2) 2003 464-466
Same Moon, Different Mangoes: A Second Anthology of Nyasaland-Malawi Anecdotes
Cardiff: Mpemba Books2007 148 pp ISBN 0-9542020-3-1
Follow up to Item 43.
Staff Continuity in Nyasaland
African Affairs 75(301) 1976 475-487
The purpose of this article is to consider some general points involved in district staff continuity and to examine the history of district administration postings.
. Sir Glyn Jones – A Proconsul in Africa
London: I B Tauris 2000 xii + 352 pp ISBN 0-86064-461-9
After long service in Northern Rhodesia, Jones became Nyasaland’s last Governor.
Reviewed in International Journal of African Historical Studies 36(2) 2003 464-466
Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth History 30(1) 2002 173-174 (Philip Murphy)
Journal of Southern African Studies 29(3) 2003 791-793 (John McCracken)
Overseas Pensioner 81 2001 36-37 (Henry Phillips)
The Wild Goose: The Life and Death of Hugh van Oppen
Cardiff: Mpemba Books 2002 xviii + 256 pp ISBN 0-954-20200-7
Van Oppen’s adventurous life included a period in the Northern Rhodesia police. He joined the Royal Rhodesia Regiment and was involved with the Nkhata Bay incident and later was probably involved in espionage in Katanga.
Reviewed in Society of Malawi Journal 55(2) 2002 101-103 (John Lwanda)
. BALL, DAVID R
Into Africa (and out): Northern Nigeria 1956-62
Frinton-on-Sea: The Author 2002 151 pp ISBN 0- 9541327-1-8
Work and leisure activities of a Town Planning Officer.
Reviewed in Overseas Pensioner 84 2002 58 (Richard Barlow-Poole)
51. BAMFORTH, ENID
Peterborough: Stamford House Publishing 2005 234 pp ISBN 1-904985-24-6
Enid Bamforth sailed to join her Colonial Service husband in Sierra Leone in 1952 and stayed until shortly after independence. Her account is mostly domestic and social – son, servants and snakes feature prominently.
Reviewed in Overseas Pensioner 90 2005 62 (Terry Barringer)
Administering the Empire 1801-1968: a Guide to the Records of the Colonial Office in The National Archives of the UK
London: Institute of Historical Research/The National Archives of the UK 2008 402 pp
An invaluable, user-friendly guide to the Colonial Office records.
Reviewed in African Research & Documentation 109 2009 55-56 (Edward Paice)
Family & Community History vol 12/2 November 2009 (Dick Hunter)
Reference Reviews vol. 23 no 5 2009 0950-4125 (David Clover)
Magazine of the Friends of The National Archives vol. 20 No 3 2009 (Tony Stockwell)
Overseas Pensioner 97 2009 51-52 (John Smith)
Reference Reviews vol 23 no 5 2009 0950-4125 (David Clover)
The Round Table 404 2009 620-21 (David Killingray)
BARKER, G H
A Circle of Trees
Braunton: Merlin Books 1989 211 pp ISBN 0-86303-440-3
After wartime naval service and running his own grocery business, Barker went to Uganda in 1956 as Trade Development Officer, to promote the interests of indigenous business. He remained until the Amin era as Head of the Department of Business Studies, Uganda College of Commerce. Later he worked in tourism and trade development in Kenya, Malawi, Fiji and Tonga.
Reviewed in Overseas Pensioner 58 1989 64-65 (I A D) and 59 1990 36-37(Tommy Gee)
BARLOW, HENRY SACKVILLE
Kuala Lumpur: Southdene 1995 xvii + 783 pp ISBN 983-999-1513
Major biography of Sir Frank Swettenham.
Reviewed in Asian Affairs 27(1) 1996 110-111 (Simon C Smith)
Polio and Me
Hungerford: The Author 1998 viii + 55 pp ISBN 0-953456-706
Barnes was stricken by polio a few months after arriving as a Cadet in Calabar Province. Despite his disabilities he returned to Nigeria in 1956 and held office jobs in Enugu and served as a District Officer in Abak Division. He was transferred to the Financial Division, Nyasaland in 1960 and attended the Nyasaland Constitutional Conference. He left Malawi in 1970 having handed over to his Malawian successor.
Reviewed in Overseas Pensioner 78 1999 69 (Michael Mann)
A Rough Passage: Memories of Empire
London: Radcliffe Press 2007 Vol 1 xvi + 312 pp ISBN 978-1-84511-263-9
Vol 2 xv + 307 pp ISBN 978-1-84511-264-6
Vol 1 covers Barnes’ childhood in Malaya, wartime evacuation to Australia and colonial service in Nigeria. Vol 2 covers his career in Malawi and in Brussels.
Reviewed in Overseas Pensioner 93 2007 57-58 (Colin Baker)
. BARRINGER, TERRY (ed)
How Green was our Empire? Environment, Development and the Colonial Service
Occasional Paper of the OSPA Research Project at the Institute of Commonwealth Studies, University of London, No 2.
London: Institute of Commonwealth Studies 2005 iv + 152 pp ISBN 1-855-07135-5
Papers from the OSPA Research Project Conference at the Institute of Commonwealth Studies, University of London, 26-27 April 2004. Contents:
“This year’s forest is next year’s fire” – the Colonial Office and the Environment (John M. MacKenzie)
Forest conservation in Uganda – a roller-coaster ride (Henry Osmaston)
Fighting for survival: colonial conservation in Tsavo National Park, 1930-1963 (Caroline Cowan)
A History of Wildlife conservation and management in the mid-Luangwa Valley, Zambia (W L Astle)
The Environment and Development in Kano Nigeria and the Bechuanaland Protectorate 1930-1970 (Simon Gillett)
Reinventing the wheel: the status and achievements of the Nyasaland Colonial Veterinary Service as handed on to the Independent post-colonial Malawi
Fashions in extension objectives: crops, conservation and community (Ted Wilmot)
Staying green in the Overseas Territories? The work of the UK Overseas Territories Conservation Forum (Mike Pienkowski)
Review article: Green pasts and presents: the paradox of environmental histories and current anxieties of damage and destruction (John MacKenzie)
Reviewed in The Round Table 95 (384) 2006 315-318 (Bill Kirkman)
BARRON, T J
Before the Deluge: Leonard Woolf in Ceylon
Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth History 6(1) 197747-63
. BARTON, BILL
In and Out of Africa
Hornby: Blaisdon Publishing 2000 370 pp ISBN 1-902838-02-5
The main purpose of this effort is to satisfy the request of my children…to relate the ‘story’ of my early life and leave an anecdotal record for them. Barton returned to Kenya, the land of his birth, with the Colonial Medical Service in 1946. He later held responsibility for medical services in all Mau Mau detention camps. From 1956-1964 he served in Zanzibar.
Reviewed in Overseas Pensioner 81 2001 40-41 (Neil Squires)
An Affair with Africa: Tanganyika Remembered
Hertford: AuthorsOnline 2004 xii + 260 pp ISBN 0-7552-0122-1
An account of service in Tanganyika 1952-1961.
Reviewed in African Research & Documentation 96 2004 85-86 (Terry Barringer)
Overseas Pensioner 88 2004 49-50 (N O Durdant-Hollamby)
An anecdotal account of service in Tanganyika in the late 1930s and war service in Abyssinia.
. A Gust of Plumes: A Biography of Lord Twining of Godalming and Tanganyika
London: Hodder & Stoughton 1972 319 pp ISBN 0-340-12879-8
A sympathetic biography drawing on Twining’s diaries, letters and fragments of autobiography and reminiscences of those who knew him. Twining served in the KAR before joining the Colonial Service. After ten years in Uganda, he was appointed Deputy Head of Labour, Mauritius in 1938, Administrator of St Lucia, 1944, then Governor of North Borneo before becoming Governor of Tanganyika, 1949 to 1958.
Reviewed in Journal of Administration Overseas 11(4) 293-296 (W J M Mackenzie)
The Mango and the Palm
London: Rupert Hart Davies 1962 197 pp
The Shell at my Ear
London: Rupert Hart Davies 1961 179 pp
Episodes from Bates’ childhood and youth. The final chapter is an amusing account of his Colonial Service interview.
Bunyoro, Tropical Paradox
Edinburgh: Pentland Press 1993 301 pp ISBN 1-85821-065-8
This is the story of Canadian Walter Bazley’s first year in the Colonial Service. He was sent to Bunyoro in the late 1940s. Bunyoro was regarded as a difficult, unlovable District but I threw myself into it heart and soul and developed an affection for the place which was not matched in all my subsequent service in Uganda. He continued in Uganda until independence.
Reviewed in Overseas Pensioner 68 1994 62-63 (Tommy Gee)
A Policeman’s Lot
London: Olympia, 2011 382 pp. ISBN 978-1-84897-143-1
BECK, H R
Wings and Wheels
Whitby: The Mab Press 2004 354 pp ISBN 0-9550733-0-8
Beck served in Northern Rhodesia 1951-1964, mostly in rural districts.
Reviewed in Overseas Pensioner 91 2006 54-55 (David Glendening)
BECKENHAM, ARTHUR F
Wagon of Smoke: An Informal History of the East African Railways and Harbours Administration
London: Cadogan Books 1989 xiii + 405 pp ISBN 0-947-75413-X
Beckenham insists that his is not an “official history” but he joined the Transportation as a keen young man of 23 at the beginning of 1950 and served – and had fun – until the period covered by the book ended.
Reviewed in Journal of African History 32(3) 1991 540 (Frederick Cooper)
Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth History 18(3) 1990 389-390
London: Hurst 1983 xiv + 258 pp ISBN 0-905-83892-0
Bell served in the Sudan 1931-1938, then in Palestine and in the Arab Legion under Glubb Pasha before returning to the Sudan in 1945. He was one of the last members of the Sudan Political Service to leave the country. He was Political Agent in Kuwait 1955-1957.
Reviewed in Overseas Pensioner 47 1984 28 (A H M Kirk-Greene)
An Imperial Twilight
London: Lester Crook 1989 xvii + 267 pp ISBN 1-870915-060-2
Continues the story begun in Shadows on the Sand. Bell was appointed Governor of Northern Nigeria in 1957 and was asked to stay on after independence. Later followed a mission impossible to draft a new constitution for Aden and South Arabia in 1965, advisory missions in Oman, the Secretary-Generalship of the South Pacific Commission and mediation in oil rights disputes in the Gulf.
Reviewed in African Affairs 89 (354) 1990 126-127 (Alhaji M Yakubu)
The book that I am now presenting to my readers…is merely a scrappy collection of extracts from some of my diaries, notes and memoranda relating to my experiences during the first ten years of my service as an Administrator of Colonial Governments. That period was one of the happiest of my life. If in some parts of the compilation, a tone of somewhat marked complacency may be observed, I hope it will be borne in mind that the writer, finding himself, at a comparatively early age in a position of considerable responsibility and interest, thoroughly enjoyed his work and the success it sometimes achieved.
Hesketh Bell (1864-1952) was born in the West Indies in obscure circumstances. In 1882 he was appointed a clerk in the office of the Governor of Barbados and the West Indies. He moved through various posts in the West Indies and the Gold Coast, becoming Administrator of Dominica in 1899. In 1906 he became Commissioner for Uganda (Governor, 1907). His later career, not covered by this book, embraced governorships of Northern Nigeria (1909- ), Leeward Islands (1912- ) and Mauritius (1916-). See his DNB entry by Charles Jeffries which emphasises his interest in welfare and development and describes Glimpses of a Governor’s Life and other published works as “readable, instructive and informed by a strong sense of humour”.
Blown by the Wind of Change
Sussex: The Book Guild 1986-87 192 pp ISBN 0-86322-219-0
Vivienne Bell’s African experience began in 1949 working as a Secretary for the Groundnuts Scheme in Tanganyika. Numerous jobs as secretary and personal assistant followed in government circles in Northern Rhodesia, Uganda and Swaziland, also Cyprus, Bermuda and Nauru.
Reviewed in Overseas Pensioner 55 1988 39 (M L H)
A Speck in the Ocean of Time
An anecdotal account of Colonial Administration in Africa, generously illustrated with old photographs.
No place or publisher given; available from Amazon, 2014, 298 pp. ISBN9781502924179
Under an African Sun: Memoirs of a Colonial Officer in Northern Rhodesia
London, New York: Radcliffe Press 2006 ix + 246 pp ISBN 1-84511-083-8
Describes Bennett’s recruitment, travel out and first tour of duty 1958-1961. He served as Clerical Officer in the Ministry of Finance.
Reviewed in Overseas Pensioner 91 2006 53-54 (David Glendening)
. BENTWICH, NORMAN and BENTWICH, HELEN
Mandate Memories, 1918-1948
London: Hogarth Press 1965 231 pp
Norman Bentwich was a Legal Officer in Palestine 1918-1931, under first the military administration and then the Mandate government. He was then a part-time Professor at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. This volume draws on his experience and Helen Bentwich’s letters home.
. BENTWICH, NORMAN
Wanderer Between Two Worlds
London: Kegan Paul Trench Trubner & Co 1941 vii + 357 pp
Bentwich’s first essay in autobiography.
My 77 years: An Account of my Life and Times, 1883-1960
London: Routledge and Kegan Paul 1962 344 pp
A Cuckoo’s Parting Cry: A Personal Account of Life and Work in Uganda between 1930 and 1960
Broadoak, Glos: Cedar Publishing 1992 295 pp ISBN 0-951-70020-0
After serving as a District Officer and Provincial Commissioner, Northern Province, Bere was for five years Director and Chief Warden of the Uganda National Parks. This memoir reflects his interests in wildlife and mountaineering.
Reviewed in Overseas Pensioner 64 1992 61-62 (W F H Ansell)
Control & Crisis in Colonial Kenya
London: James Currey, Nairobi: Heineman Kenya and Athens: Ohio University Press 1990 xvi + 479 pp ISBN (hardback) 0-852-55070-7 (paperback) 0-852-55069-3
Chapter 3 on “The Bureaucratic dialectic: structure, process and ideology in the colonial state” is of particular interest. It considers the deployment, recruitment, training and attitudes of administrative officers.
Mad Dogs and Englishmen…
London: Michael Joseph 1931 286 pp
Erick Berry, an American writer and journalist, married a District Officer in Northern Nigeria, Herbert Best.
. BERRY, W T C
Before the Wind of Change
Suffolk: Halesworth Press 1983 xxiii + 120 pp ISBN 0-950-94700-8
Berry went to Nyasaland in 1936. In 1938 he was appointed to a team carrying out a nutrition survey and he began to specialise in such work as well as continuing with general medicine. After the war, he worked on a nutrition survey in Gambia.
Reviewed in Overseas Pensioner 48 1984 54-55 (Anthony Kirk-Greene)
. BERTRAM, Sir ANTON
The Colonial Service
Cambridge: Cambridge University Press 1930 xii + 291 pp
Bertram was a former Attorney-General and Chief Justice with experience of Bahamas, Cyprus and Ceylon. This volume, based on his lectures at LSE, is particularly strong in its treatment of the organisation of law and justice, courts and judicial systems throughout the Colonial Empire.
The Parting Years: A British Family and the End of Empire
London: Radcliffe Press 2001 xviii + 336 pp ISBN 1-86064-734-0
Sheila Bevan grew up in South Africa. She married a policeman who had served in the British South Africa Police. Their life together spanned Singapore, Nyasaland, the United Arab Emirates and Yemen.
Reviewed in African Research and Documentation 92 2003 70-74 (Terry Barringer)
The Things we do for England…if England Only Knew
Burley: The Author 1990 vii + 164 pp ISBN 0-951-57620-8
Bevington began his career as a cadet in the Gilbert and Ellice Islands in direct line of succession from Arthur Grimble. He became Financial Secretary Fiji. Although his career was spent almost entirely in the Pacific he was briefly in Nigeria in 1945 as Secretary of the Commission of Enquiry into the strike of African civil servants and in Brunei to supervise post-war reconstruction.
Reviewed in Overseas Pensioner 60 1990 53 (Anthony Kirk-Greene)
Lucky Me: Memoirs of a Former District Officer in Nigeria
(Privately published) 2003 iv + 236 pp
Bex served in Nigeria for the thirteen years, 1943-1956, most of that time in the south-eastern provinces of Onitsha, Owerri and Rivers.
Reviewed in African Research and Documentation 94 2004 57-59 (Ken Barnes)
Footfalls Echo in the Memory: A Life with the Colonial Education Service and the British Council in Asia
London: Radcliffe Press 2010 xviii + 314 pp ISBN 978-184885-085-9
Bickley served as an Education Officer in Singapore and worked for the British Council in Burma and Indonesia before settling in Hong Kong.
Reviewed in Overseas Pensioner 100 2010 63-64 Mark Howard)
Gentleman Rider: A Life of Joyce Cary
London: Michael Joseph 1988 408 pp ISBN 0-7181-23330-1
Good coverage of Cary’s years in Nigeria.
BLACKBURNE, Sir KENNETH
Lasting Legacy: A Story of British Colonialism
London: Johnson 1976 xiv + 206 pp ISBN 0-853-07146-2
Blackburne’s distinguished career had an unusually wide geographical spread. This memoir, based on his letters and diaries, covers Nigeria1930-1933, Palestine 1935-38, Beachcombing 1939-41, Gambia (as Colonial Secretary) 1941-43. From 1943 to 1947 he was in the West Indies with a brief to advise West Indian governments on the improvements of conditions in their territories and to recommend to London the approval of grants under the Colonial Development and Welfare Act. Back in London from 1947 to 1950, he was the first Director of Information for the Colonial Office. Governorships of the Leeward Islands 1950-56 and Jamaica 1957-62, crowned his career. He has a final reflective chapter on the Imperial/Colonial legacy entitled The British Contribution.
Justice and Juju
Perth, Australia: Paul B Press 1991 245 pp ISBN 0-959-6606-9-0
Reminiscences of work as a DO in Western Nigeria, 1926-1949, written entirely from memory.
Reviewed in Overseas Pensioner 65 1993 45-46 (Brian Eccles)
A View from Within: The Last Years of British Rule in South East Asia
Castle Cary: Mendip Publishing 1990 xv + 206 pp ISBN 0-905903-17-X
In this memoir, written originally for his children, Blake records his life as a District Officer and in the Secretariat. Unpretentious, anecdotal account of the day’s work with a note of self-deprecating humour. The final chapter is a paternalist apologia for the British Empire. Particularly interesting for the author’s views on such personalities as MacDonald, Gent, Templer and Tunku Abdul Rahman.
Reviewed in Overseas Pensioner 62 1991 45 (Anthony Kirk-Greene)
. BLAKELY, BRIAN L
Pensions and Professionalism: The Colonial Governors (Pensions) Acts and the British Colonial Service 1865-1911
Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth History 4(2)1975 138-153
Banagi Hill – A Game Warden’s Africa
Milton Brodie, Kinloss: Librario Publishing 2004 303 pp ISBN 1-904440-35-5
John Blower began his career in the Tanganyika Forestry Department but soon transferred to the Game Department. In 1954 he was seconded to Kenya and led a small striking group against a Mau Mau gang in the Aberdares. He then moved to Uganda and oversaw the creation of the Kidepo National Park. He was Chief Game Warden 1960-64.
Reviewed in Overseas Pensioner 90 2005 53-54 (Henry Osmaston)
BOASE, ALICE M
When the Sun Never Set
Crowborough: East Sussex Press 1982 125 pp
When the Sun Never Set: A Family’s Life in the British Empire
by Alice M Boase with Mary Hannah (née Griffin),
edited by Margaret Knowlden (née Boase)
London and New York: Radcliffe Press, 2nd edn. 2005, xx + 231 pp. ISBN 1-85043-943-5.
A family chronicle with many Colonial Service connections. Alice’s father Charles Griffin went to Nyasaland as a legal official in 1901, later served in Gibraltar and the Leeward Islands and ended his career as Chief Justice, Uganda. Her brother, John, also became Chief Justice of Uganda, also serving in the Bahamas, Palestine and Hong Kong. Alice, a doctor’s wife, spent many years in Uganda. A sister married into the ICS.
In the second edition Alice Boase’s account of her brother, John Bowes Griffin, is replaced by a more comprehensive account by his daughter using notes compiled by Griffin himself. It also contains Peter Griffin’s account of his Uganda childhood.
Reviewed in Overseas Pensioner 49 1985 21-22 (I A) [1st edition]
Overseas Pensioner 90 2005 54-55 (Patricia and Andrew Stuart) [2nd edition]
Reviewed in Society of Nyasaland Journal 32(2) 1985 66-68 (Kings M Phiri)
From Northern Rhodesia to Zambia: Recollections a DO/DC 1962–73.
Gadsden Publishers, 2014 252 pp ISBN 978-99822-40901
Reviewed in Overseas Pension 2015 110 52-55 (Veronica Bellars)
Diamonds are Trumps: A Colonial Reflects
Lewes: Book Guild 1996 xi + 234 pp ISBN 1-85776067-0
After National Service with the KAR, Boorman served with the Sierra Leone Police 1954 to 1965. His subsequent career was also Africa based, working on security issues in the diamond industry in Sierra Leone, Tanzania and Botswana.
The Government is the District Officer: An Historical Analysis of District Officers as Middlemen in the British Solomon Islands Protectorate, 1893-1943
In William L Rodman and Dorothy Ayers Counts eds, Middlemen and Brokers in Oceania, Lanham, NY and London: University Press of America 1982 pp 35-67 ISBN 0-8191-3467 and 0-8191-3468
Easily overlooked, this is a useful overview.
BOUSTEAD, Sir HUGH
The Wind of Morning
London: Chatto & Windus 1972
After military service on the Western Front and in Russia and with the Egyptian Army, Boustead was with the Sudan Political Service. From 1949-1965 he held posts in Aden and the Gulf.
BOYD, ROBERT NATHANIEL
A Colonial Odyssey
Ringwood: Navigator Books 1996 102 pp ISBN 0-902830-635
Boyd was Northern Rhodesia-born and after banking experience and war service joined the Accountant General’s Department in 1947. He transferred to the Central African service in 1954 but when the Federation collapsed he reverted to HMOCS and retired as Auditor General of Zambia in 1968.
Reviewed in Overseas Pensioner 74 68-69 (R J Short)
With Ardours Manifold
London: Hutchinson 1959 340 pp
Boyle was an Assistant District Commissioner in the Gold Coast 1914-1917.
. BOYLE, LAURA
Diary of a Colonial Officer’s Wife
Oxford: Alden Press 1968 175 pp
Diary of David Boyle’s wife, covering her first year in the Gold Coast 1916-17.
Reviewed in African Affairs 68 (273) 1969 364-365 (Alec Dickson)
Dearest Priscilla: Letters to the Wife of a Colonial Civil Servant
London: Alex Parrish 1950 239 pp
Cast in the form of a long letter to a young goddaughter, newly married to a Colonial officer telling you all I know, and all you ought to know… about marrying an Empire builder and going abroad to live among '‘subject'’ peoples. Chapters on, inter alia, housing, servants, gardens, leisure, children and race relationships. Written with a light touch and, sometimes, arch humour but with an underlying seriousness of purpose as in her remarks on the Christian basis of our civilisation and defence of missionaries.
A Household Book for Africa
Oxford: Oxford University Press 1938 170 pp
(Republished as A Household Book for the Tropical Colonies)
Written with the active encouragement of Furse. This book has been put together at the request of a number of people who have at heart the welfare and efficiency of the odd folk who live in queer places in the Empire, and whose first job should be to keep themselves well and comfortable. It represents what I wish I had known when Africa’s alarums and excursions were raised for me out of the smoke of the kitchen or the camp fire. Mostly recipes plus advice on household management, the garden and the medicine cupboard.
. BRADLEY, KENNETH GRANVILLE
London: Lovat Dickson 1932 256 pp
Five stories originally published in Wide World Magazine, Fortnightly Review and Review of Reviews.
The Colonial Service as a Career
London: His Majesty’s Stationery Office 1950 68 pp
I have written this little book for a very special public and for a very special purpose. My public is those young people who are thinking of making their careers in the Colonial Service. I am writing for boys and girls (Bradley’s use of what we would now call inclusive language is noteworthy) who are about to leave school and for parents, headteachers and headmistresses; and I am talking to undergraduates and to professional and technical students of all kinds…to tell as much as I can about the Colonial Service, about the opportunities and responsibilities which such a career brings with it and the kind of life and experiences which are likely to fall to the lot of everyone who feels that Empire building is the life for him or her.
This booklet is well illustrated with photographs of officers at work and is divided into five chapters: A Career in the Colonial Service, The Qualities Required, Life in the Colonial Service, Work in the Colonial Service, Empire Building and Towards the Commonwealth.
A Career in the Overseas Civil Service
London: Her Majesty’s Stationery Office 1955
Revised version of item 102, with final chapter completely rewritten.
. The Diary of a District Officer
London: Harrap 1943 192 pp
London: Harrap 1944 192 pp
London: Nelson 1947 205 pp (Foreword by Lord Hailey)
London; Macmillan 1966 192 pp
A classic of the genre. Genuine diary written up in camp each night on a series oftours in my District, when Bradley was District Commissioner at Fort Jameson. First published in Blackwoods Magazine.
Once a District Officer
London: Macmillan and New York: St. Martin’s Press 1966 219 pp
Bradley’s autobiography which he regarded as the at least one good book which they say every man has in him”. It takes in a little family history, youth, entry to the Colonial Service, his career in Northern Rhodesia, the Falklands (Colonial and Financial Secretary, 1942-45) and as Under-Secretary in the Gold Coast after which I never wanted to work again in any hierarchy of any sort. He returned to the UK to found and run Corona and then became Director of the Commonwealth Institute – a dream come true.
Reviewed in African Affairs 65(261) 1968 361-362 (J P Murray)
BRASNETT, N V
A History of the Uganda Forest Department 1898-1929
Uganda Forest Department Bulletin No 3 1951
Entebbe, 1951, 26 pp.
A History of the Uganda Forest Department 1930-1950
Uganda Forest Department Bulletin No 4 1955
Entebbe: Government Printer 1955 43 pp
Brasnett joined the Department as the first forestry-trained Conservator at the end of 1929. For continuation see Item 669
. BRAY, DENNIS
Hong Kong Metamorphosis: An Autobiography
Hong Kong: Hong Kong University Press 2001 viii + 248 pp ISBN 9-62-0950- X
Bray worked in Hong Kong from 1950 and served as Assistant Colonial Secretary (special duties) 1964.
Reviewed in Overseas Pensioner 83 2002 59-60 (Patrick H. Hase)
BRELSFORD, W V
Generation of Men: The European Pioneers of Northern Rhodesia
Salisbury: Stuart Manning (Pty) Ltd for the Northern Rhodesia Society 1965 x + 154 pp
A “frankly anecdotal” account of the first Europeans in Northern Rhodesia (pre 1930s) including early officials.
Mr Burpington Presides
Cape Town: Howard Timmins Publishers 1983
This is meant to be a fun book about an era and a British Colony which no longer exists. The characters who trip through the pages are fictitious but some of the events recorded are almost true. The book has been written in an attempt to make us laugh at ourselves and it is to be hoped that no one of whatever race, colour or creed will find it offensive. If anyone does, the author will bow his head in sorrow – and disbelief. Tale of a young bachelor ADO who arrives to take up his post in one of the remoter districts of Central Africa.
BRESNIHAN, BRIAN J and WOODWARD, KEITH (ed)
Tufala Gavman: Reminiscences from the Anglo-French Condominium of the New Hebrides
Suva: Institute of Pacific Studies 2002 632 pp ISBN 982-02-0342-2
Brings together contributions from a wide circle, expatriate and indigenous.
Reviewed in Overseas Pensioner 85 2003 56-57 (Brian Macdonald-Milne)
How I failed to Save the World or Forty Years of Foreign Aid
Milton Keynes: Author-house 2008 ix + 199 pp ISBN 978-1-4343-9445-3
Turned down by the Colonial Office on account of his reputed “strong left wing views”, Bridger was appointed in 1957 as an economic adviser to the Ministry of Agriculture of the Central African Federation. He went on to work for the United Nations and then for the Ministry of Overseas Development, work which took him to many colonies and former colonies in Africa and the Pacific as well as to South America. He often comments on District Officers and colonial administration. Although he is gently mocking of pomposity and bureaucracy, he is an admirer of their many good qualities.
Reviewed in Overseas Pensioner 97 2009 39 (John Smith)
The Round Table 98 (402) 2009 387-89 (Terry Barringer)
BRIDGES, A FRANK B
In the service of Nigeria
Ile Ife: Nigerian Field Society 1980 64 pp (Supplement to No 45 of The Nigerian Field; Nigerian Field Monograph,No 2)
So We Used to Do
Edinburgh: Pentland Press 1990 xi +195 pp
Drawing on diaries, covers the years 1921-1949.
Reviewed in Overseas Pensioner 60 1990 56-57 (M E)