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Copy Diary of Sylvia G. Ward

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MSS. Afr. s. 2279

  • Request

Copy diary, 1926-1945, of Sylvia Ward, recounting her experiences en route by sea to West Africa shortly after her marriage in September 1926 and life in the Gold Coast and Mauritius thereafter.


  • Creation: 20th century


132 ff.

Language of Materials

  • English

Preferred Citation

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MSS. Afr. s. 2279

Collection ID (for staff)

CMD ID 4781

Biographical / Historical

Sylvia G. Ward was the wife of [William Ernest] Frank Ward.

Frank Ward, (b 1900), CMG (1945) was educated at Dulwich College, at Lincoln College, Oxford and at Ridley Hall, Cambridge. He was a master at Achimota College, Gold Coast, 1924-1940, Director of Education, Mauritius, 1941-1946 and Deputy Education Adviser, Colonial Office, 1945. He continued as a part-time member of the education advisory staff from 1956 and worked for the Department of [Trade and Commerce], 1961-1963.

Other Finding Aids

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

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The diary was donated to the library by Eric Earle on 14th December 1994, with permission from A. Ball, Sylvia Ward's nephew.

Related Materials

Reminiscences by W.E.F. Ward of educational work while on secondment from the Colonial Education Service to the Colonial Office, 1945-1956, and service during that period as a member of the British delegation to UNESCO, 1945-1957 (ref. MSS. Brit. Emp. s. 542); typescript memoirs of service as Director of Education, 1941-1945 (ref. MSS. Ind. Ocn. s. 273); memorandum on service at Achimota College, Gold Coast, 1924-1940, with related commemorative booklet (ref. MSS. Afr. s. 1755 (27); photocopy reminiscences as a master, Achimota College, Gold Coast, 1924-1940 (ref. MSS. Afr. r. 127).

Copy Diary of Sylvia G. Ward
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Repository Details

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Weston Library
Broad Street
Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom