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Papers of Sir Alexander Waddell

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MSS. Pac. s. 123

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Reports, photocopies of signal books and diaries, and a printed pamphlet on the coastwatchers of Choiseul in the Solomon Islands during World War Two, 1942-1944.


  • Creation: 1942-1944


2 Files

Language of Materials

  • English

Preferred Citation

Oxford, Bodleian Libraries [followed by shelfmark and folio or page reference, e.g. MSS. Pac. s. 123].

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MSS. Pac. s. 123

Collection ID (for staff)

CMD ID 4715

Biographical / Historical

Sir Alexander (Nicol Anton) Waddell (1913-1999) entered the Colonial Administrative Service in 1937 as a cadet, rising to the rank of Acting Resident Commissioner, British Solomon Islands, 1945. During World War Two his posts included a period on naval service as a coastwatcher, 1942-1944. He joined the Malayan Civil Service in 1946, holding the posts of Principal Assistant Secretary and Acting Deputy Chief Secretary, 1947-1952. He was Colonial Secretary, Gambia, 1952-1956. He served in Sierra Leone as Colonial Secretary, 1956-1958 and Deputy Governor, 1958-1960. From 1960 to 1963 he was Governor and Commander-in-Chief, Sarawak. He was United Kingdom Commissioner, British Phosphate Commissioners, 1965-1977, and a member of the Panel of Independent Inspectors, Department of the Environment, 1979-1985. In 1949 he married Jean Margot Lesbia Masters.

Other Finding Aids

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

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The papers were donated to the library by Waddell on 17th September 1996.

Related Materials

Speeches, papers and reports on the financial position, rural development, the Foochow Chinese, economic aspects and development plan of Sarawak, as Governor of Sarawak, 1950-1963 (ref. MSS. Pac. s. 105).

Papers of Sir Alexander Waddell
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Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

Weston Library
Broad Street
Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom