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Papers of Sir John Pestell


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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.


  • [1965-1969]


4 files, 2 boxes

Language of Materials

  • English

Preferred Citation

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
Language of description
Script of description

Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

Weston Library
Broad Street
Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom