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Papers of Alexander Mair Wilkie


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Correspondence, memoranda etc. of service in Kenya, the British Solomon Islands and as British Resident Commissioner in the New Hebrides.


  • Creation: 1935-1969


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. 383].

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MSS. Brit. Emp. s. 383

Collection ID (for staff)

CMD ID 4901

Biographical / Historical

Alexander Mair Wilkie, CMG (1962), was born in Scotland on the 24 May 1917. He was educated at Hillhead High School in Glasgow, Glasgow University, and Christ's College, Cambridge.

In 1940 Wilkie joined the Colonial Administrative Service and was posted to Kenya as a Cadet. In September of the same year he was released for military service and served in the East African Forces until 1943. After military service, he returned to Kenya where he held the posts of District Officer in Kilifi (1943-1947), Clerk to the Executive and Legislative Councils (1947-1950) and Assistant Financial Secretary (1950-1953).

After a short period on secondment to the British Treasury in London (1953-1955) Wilkie returned overseas. He was appointed Development Secretary to the British Solomon Islands (1955-1957), Financial Secretary to the Western Pacific High Commission (1957-1962) and in 1962 became British Resident Commissioner in the New Hebrides. Wilkie died on the 13 August 1966.

Other Finding Aids

The library holds a card index of all manuscript collections in its reading room and a handlist is also available for this collection.

Listed as no. 171 and 277 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).

Custodial History

Deposited with the Oxford Colonial Records Project in 1969.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

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

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Repository Details

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Weston Library
Broad Street
Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom