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Papers of Trafford Smith


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Letters, programmes of tours, texts of talks and printed material relating to service as an administrator in Fiji, and to tours made of the Caribbean and West Pacific territories as Assistant Under-Secretary of State for the Colonies, 1938-1966.


  • Creation: 1938-1966


4 boxes

Language of Materials

  • English

Preferred Citation

Oxford, Bodleian Libraries [followed by shelfmark and folio or page reference, e.g. MSS. Brit. Emp. s. 490].

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MSS. Brit. Emp. s. 490

Collection ID (for staff)

CMD ID 4261

Biographical / Historical

Trafford Smith (1912-1975), civil servant and diplomat, began work in the Colonial Office in 1935 before being seconded to Fiji in 1938. He was made Assistant British Resident Commissioner, New Hebrides in 1940, served in the British Solomon Islands from the same year and in the Gilbert and Ellis Islands from 1941. He was Secretary of the Soulbury Commission on Constitutional Reform, Ceylon, 1944-1945 and Assistant Secretary, Colonial Office, 1945. He was attached to the British delegation to the United Nations, New York, for the Special General Assembly on Palestine, 1948. From 1953 to 1959 he was Lieutenant-Governor of Malta, and Acting Governor May-September 1953 and July-September 1954. He was made Assistant Under-Secretary of State, Commonwealth Office, 1959-1967 and Ambassador to Burma, 1967-1970. He was awarded a CMG and the Cross of St. John. In 1937 he married Mary Isabel Smith, with whom he had two daughters.

Other Finding Aids

Listed as no. 617 in Manuscript Collections in Rhodes House Library Oxford, Accessions 1978-1994 (Oxford, Bodleian Library, 1996).

Related Materials

Papers relating to tours of duty in the western Pacific, Ceylon and Palestine, period as Lieutenant-Governor of Malta, 1953-1959, and as Ambassador to Burma, 1967-1970 (ref. MSS. Brit. Emp. s. 530); typescript, Two Family Histories, by Mary Isabel Smith, also held by the library.

Papers of Trafford Smith (1)
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Repository Details

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Weston Library
Broad Street
Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom