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Papers of John Rutherford Parkin Postlethwaite


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Scrapbooks containing letters, press cuttings, leaflets etc., relating to service in Uganda.


  • Creation: 1909-1932


2 Volumes

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  • English

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Collection ID (for staff)

CMD ID 3766

Biographical / Historical

John Rutherford Parkin Postlethwaite, CBE (1933), was born in 1883. Between 1909 and 1932 he worked for the Colonial Civil Service in the Uganda Protectorate; he was Provincial Commissioner in Buganda Province and was also a member of the Uganda Executive Council.

During the First World War, Postlethwaite worked for the Ministry of Food as a Deputy Divisional Food Officer in the London division. During the Second World War, he was a Divisional Food Officer in the South­Eastern Division (1940-1942) and in London (1942-1944). He also worked for the United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration (1944-1945).

As well as being a lecturer, author and director of various companies, Postlethwaite was also a member of the Council of the Royal African Society (1945) and Trustee of the R. Hussey Slave Charity. He died in 1956. Compiled with reference to Who Was Who.

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The library holds a card index of all manuscript collections in its reading room.

Listed as no. 1158 in Manuscript Collections in Rhodes House Library Oxford, Accessions 1978-1994 (Oxford, Bodleian Library, 1996).

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Papers of John Rutherford Parkin Postlethwaite
Marion Lowman
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Weston Library
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Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom