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Account by Henry Townsend Bourdillon of his service at the Colonial Office

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"British and French colonial policy": original manuscript and typed corrected copy of an account relating to service as assistant under-secretary of state at the Colonial Office, 1954-1959.


  • Creation: 1954-1959


17 Leaves

Language of Materials

  • English

Preferred Citation

Oxford, Bodleian Libraries [followed by shelfmark and folio or page reference, e.g. MSS.Brit.Emp.s.462].

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Collection ID (for staff)

CMD ID 849

Biographical / Historical

Henry Townsend Bourdillon (1913-1991), CMG (1952), was educated at Rugby School, and Corpus Christi College, Oxford. In 1937 he was appointed assistant principal at the Colonial Office; he became acting principal in 1940. For a short period during the early 1940s, Bourdillon was lent to the Foreign Office (1942), the Cabinet Office (1943), and the Ministry of Production (1944). He returned to the Colonial Office in 1944 where he later held the posts of assistant secretary (1947-1954) and assistant under­secretary of state (1954-1959). In 1959 he again left the Colonial Office for a short time when he was appointed Deputy UK Commissioner for Singapore; he returned to the Colonial Office in 1961. In 1962, Bourdillon was appointed under­secretary at the Ministry of Education (1962-1964) and in 1964 became assistant under­secretary of state at the Department of Education and Science (1964-1973).

Other Finding Aids

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

Listed as no. 565 in Manuscript Collections in Rhodes House Library Oxford, Accessions 1978-1994 (Oxford, Bodleian Library, 1996).

Custodial History

Deposited with the Oxford Development Records Project.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The collection was transferred to the library from the Oxford Development Records Project.

Account by Henry Townsend Bourdillon of his service at the Colonial Office
Marion Lowman
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Repository Details

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Weston Library
Broad Street
Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom