Papers of Sir John Pestell
Typescript diary and papers as Secretary and Comptroller to the Governor of Southern Rhodesia, 1965-1969, covering the early period of UDI, with later introductory material, press cuttings, photographs, etc.
4 files, 2 boxes
Language of Materials
Oxford, Bodleian Libraries [followed by shelfmark and folio or page reference, e.g. MSS. Afr. s. 2208].
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MSS. Afr. s. 2208
Collection ID (for staff)
CMD ID 3684
Biographical / Historical
Sir John Richard Pestell (b 1916) worked for the British South African Police in Southern Rhodesia, 1939-1965 and served as Major in the Cyrenaica Defence Force, 1944-1949. He was Secretary and Comptroller to the Governor of Southern Rhodesia, 1965-1969 and Adjudicator, Immigration Appeals, Harmondsworth, 1970-1987. He was made KCVO in 1969. In 1951 he married Betty Parish, with whom he had three daughters.
Other Finding Aids
The library holds a card index of all manuscript collections in its reading room.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
The papers were donated to the library by Sir Pestell on 29th March 1995.
- Papers of Sir John Pestell
- Paul Davidson
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