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Papers of Sir John Dalzell Rankine


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File on constitutional reform in Zanzibar (1952-1954), while British Resident, and 10 files as Governor of Western Region, Nigeria (1954-1960), including regular despatches to the Colonial Office and personal correspondence about pensions etc.


  • Creation: 1952-1962


3 boxes (10 files and loose correspondence)

Language of Materials

  • English

Preferred Citation

Oxford, Bodleian Libraries [followed by shelfmark and folio or page reference, e.g. MSS.Afr.s.2237].

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Collection ID (for staff)

CMD ID 3846

Biographical / Historical

Sir John Dalzell Rankine was born on the 8 June 1907 and educated at Christ's College, Christchurch, New Zealand and at Exeter College, Oxford, England where he received a BA in 1930. In 1939 he married Janet Grace Austin.

Sir Rankine entered the Colonial Administrative Service as a Cadet in Uganda in 1931 and subsequently served as: Assistant Secretary of the East African Governors Conference (1939); First Assistant Secretary (1942); Assistant Colonial Secretary in Fiji (1942); Colonial Secretary in Barbados (1945); Chief Secretary in Kenya (1947-1951) and Chairman of the Development and Reconstruction Authority. He was also British Resident in Zanzibar (1952-1954); administered the Governments of Barbados and Kenya on various occasions, and was Governor of the Western Region in Nigeria (1954-1960). During his career Rankine was awarded the CMG (1947), KCMG (1954), Brilliant Star of Zanzibar, 1st Class (1954), KCVO (1956) and KStJ (1958). Sir Rankine died on the 19 February 1987. Compiled with reference to Who Was Who (volume VIII).

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

Listed as no. 534 in Manuscript Collections (Africana and non-Africana) in Rhodes House Library, Oxford, Supplementary accessions to the end of 1977 and Cumulative Index, compiled by Wendy S. Byrne (Oxford, Bodleian Library, 1978).

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Received from Sir John Rankine in February 1964.

Papers of Sir John Dalzell Rankine
Marion Lowman
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Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

Weston Library
Broad Street
Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom