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Accounts of life in Tanganyika by John Allen and his family

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MS. 13151
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  1. 1. An account by John Allen of his early life in Nottingham, the move with his family to Tanganyika, life there and his war service in East Africa in field ambulance companies. Typescript with scanned photographs.
  2. 2. 'Down Memory Lane in Tanganyika. A Story by the Allen Family.' A compilation of articles and stories written by John and Marjorie Allen and their son, Richard, about their life and times in Tanganyika, with a preface and notes by their son, David, 1946-2018. Bound typescript with scanned photographs, many taken by Marjorie Allen.


  • Creation: 1946-2018


1 box

Language of Materials

  • English

Preferred Citation

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MS. 13151

Collection ID (for staff)

CMD ID 13151, 14989


Accounts of life in Tanganyika by John Allen and his family.

Biographical / Historical

John Richard Allen was born in Nottingham in 1916. In 1928 he moved with his family to Tanganyika, settling initially near Iringa to farm. In 1937 Allen became assistant to the medical officer in charge of sleeping sickness research and moved to the research laboratory in Tinde. On the outbreak of war he joined the Field Ambulance Company in Dar es Salaam and spent most of the war years in Ethiopia.

After the war Allen joined the Colonial Service as a settlement officer. In 1947 he married Marjorie Moody, who had moved to Tanganyika as a teacher after the war, and they spent the next seven years in Kondoa Irangi, during which time their three sons were born. The family moved to Babati District in 1954 and to Biharamulo District in 1958 until leaving Tanganyika in 1961 after independence.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by John R. Allen's sons in 2018.

Catalogue of John R. Allen's account of life in Tanganyika
Finding aid prepared by Lucy McCann
Language of description
Script of description

Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

Weston Library
Broad Street
Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom