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Papers of Sir Geoffrey Miles Clifford


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Papers relating to service in Nigeria, Gibraltar, Cyprus, as Governor of the Falkland Islands, and as Chairman of the United Nigeria Group (Biafran War) and the Nigerian Electricity Supply Co. Ltd., 1930-1978.


  • Creation: 1930-1978


10 boxes

Language of Materials

  • English

Preferred Citation

Oxford, Bodleian Libraries [followed by shelfmark and folio or page reference, e.g. MSS. Brit. Emp. s. 517].

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MSS. Brit. Emp. s. 517

Collection ID (for staff)

CMD ID 1252

Biographical / Historical

Sir Geoffrey Miles Clifford (1897-1986) entered the Colonial Administrative Service in Nigeria, 1921, rising to the post of Principal Assistant Secretary by 1938. He was seconded as Colonial Secretary, Gilbraltar, 1942-1944, then returned to Nigeria as Senior Resident, 1944. He served as chairman of the Salaries Commission, Cyprus, 1945, attached C.O., 1946, and Governor and Commander-in-Chief of the Falkland Islands, 1946-1954. He was a member of various organisations, including the British National Committee on Antarctic Research, the Mental Health Research Fund and the St. Paul's Cathedral Research Council, and Chairman of the United Nigeria Group (Biafran War) and the Nigerian Electricity Supply Co. Ltd.. He was awarded the KBE, CMG, ED and the Médaille de la Résistance Française avec Rosette. He was married twice, first to Ivy Dorothy Eland in 1920, and secondly to Mary Turner.

Other Finding Aids

Listed as no. 574 in Manuscript Collections in Rhodes House Library Oxford, Accessions 1978-1994 (Oxford, Bodleian Library, 1996).

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The papers were donated by Lady Clifford to the library through the Oxford Colonial Records Project, on 8th July 1986.

Related Materials

Tapes and transcript of interview relating to Nigeria, Gibraltar and the Falkland Islands, 1921-1954 (ref. MSS. Brit. Emp. s. 420); papers relating to interests in Antarctic, Arctic and Falkland Island research and expeditions, 1953-1978, held by the Scott Polar Research Institute, Cambridge.

Papers of Sir Geoffrey Miles Clifford
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Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

Weston Library
Broad Street
Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom