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Diaries of Geoffrey Douglas Popplewell


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Diaries kept as an Administrative Officer in Tanganyika, with detailed comments on safaris and other duties, covering Ufipa, Sumbawanga, Tanga, Lushoto, Korogwe, Pangani, Usambara and Mikindani, 1934-1941; with a complete set of transcripts.


  • Creation: 1934-1941


14 Volumes

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  • English

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CMD ID 3756

Biographical / Historical

Geoffrey Douglas Popplewell was born in 1904 and educated at Merton Court School in Sidcup (King's Scholar); Westminster School (commoner); and Brasenose College, Oxford.

In 1927 he entered the Colonial Service as a cadet and was posted to Tanganyika; he later held the posts of Assistant District Officer (1929), District Officer (1940), and Senior District Officer (1950). Popplewell was the joint author of Notes on the Geography of Tunduru District and Notes on the Fipa. Compiled with reference to A Biographical Dictionary of the British Colonial Service 1939-1966 by A.H.M. Kirk-Greene (1991).

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Listed as no. 1106 in Manuscript Collections in Rhodes House Library Oxford, Accessions 1978-1994 (Oxford, Bodleian Library, 1996).

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Diaries of Geoffrey Douglas Popplewell
Marion Lowman
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