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Letters of Garfield and Grace Todd

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MSS. Afr. s. 2534

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Letters and newsletters, 1967-2000, of Garfield and Grace Todd to Michael and Judith Colman describing events in Southern Rhodesia/Zimbabwe including the detentions of Garfield and Judith Todd in 1972 and comment on the Pearce Report. With the order of the service at St Martin in the Fields in February 2003 to celebrate their lives, tributes given at the service and related letters and papers.


  • Creation: 1967-2003


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Language of Materials

  • English

Preferred Citation

Oxford, Bodleian Libraries [followed by shelfmark and folio or page reference, e.g. MSS. Afr. s. 2534].

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MSS. Afr. s. 2534

Collection ID (for staff)

CMD ID 12042


Letters of Garfield and Grace Todd

Biographical / Historical

Sir (Reginald Stephen) Garfield Todd (1908-2002) was born in New Zealand, attended Otago University and was ordained as a minister in 1931. In 1932 he married (Jean) Grace Wilson (1912-2001). They had three daughters. The Todds travelled to Southern Rhodesia as missionaries in 1934 and were based at Mashoko and then Dadaya missions where they ran a clinic and pioneered African education.

Todd was elected to parliament in 1946. He was elected leader of the United Party in 1953, thereby becoming prime minister of Southern Rhodesia, and remained in office until 1958. An advocate of 'no independence before majority rule' Todd was detained on the eve of UDI in 1965 and underwent further detentions and restrictions during the 1970s, being seen as a focus for opposition to the government. Following independence in 1980 Todd served as a senator for five years.

For a fuller biography, see the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography.

Other Finding Aids

Oxford, Bodleian Library, MSS. Afr. s. 2534

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by Olivia Whitworth, daughter of Sir Michael and Lady Colman, in 2016.

Letters of Garfield and Grace Todd
Finding aid prepared by Lucy McCann
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Repository Details

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Weston Library
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