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Papers of Sir Allan Chalmers Smith

 Single Item
MSS. Brit. Emp. s. 442

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Legal papers relating to service in Bermuda, Nigeria, Gold Coast and the West Indies, including judgements, speeches and recordings of meetings, 1926-1955


  • Creation: 1926-1955


1 box

Language of Materials

  • English

Preferred Citation

Oxford, Bodleian Libraries [followed by shelfmark and folio or page reference, e.g. MSS. Brit. Emp. s. 442].

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MSS. Brit. Emp. s. 442

Collection ID (for staff)

CMD ID 4259

Biographical / Historical

Sir Allan Chalmers Smith (1893-1980) trained as a barrister-at-law at Grays Inn, and fought in the First World War, 1914-1918. He later served as a police magistrate in Bermuda from 1928 and in Nigeria from 1935. He was made puisne judge in Trinidad, 1938 and the Gold Coast, 1944. He served as Chief Justice, Sierra Leone, 1951-1955. In 1955 he was appointed Attorney-General of Bermuda. He also served as Commissioner of the Pre-Federal Judicial Commission set up in the British West Indies. His final appointment was as an assistant justice in Bermuda in 1956, a post which he held until his retirement in 1965.

Other Finding Aids

Listed as no. 616 in Manuscript Collections in Rhodes House Library Oxford, Accessions 1978-1994 (Oxford, Bodleian Library, 1996).

Custodial History

The papers were donated to the Oxford Colonial Records Project by Sir Allan Chalmers Smith on 17th May 1967.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The papers were transferred to the library on 31st May 1967 from the Oxford Colonial Records Project.

Papers of Sir Allan Chalmers Smith
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Weston Library
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