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Additional papers of Gordon M. Hector relating to Lesotho

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MS. 5450

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Gordon Hector's papers and correspondence relating to Lesotho, dating from during and after his service there. Comprising:

File 1: Correspondence
  1. Letter of welcome from P.E. Going of the South African Legion, 10 Jun 1956.
  2. Letter from A. Douglas on Pilot Project, 10 Jul 1956.
  3. Letter of thanks from Geoff Chaplin, Resident Commissioner's Office, Maseru, 29 Aug 1959.
  4. Correspondence with John J. Tawney about Basutoland papers sent to the Colonial Office, 1965-1966.
  5. Letter of thanks from Leabua Jonathan, Prime Minister of Lesotho, 23 Oct 1967.
  6. Correspondence with Joe Kolane, Speaker of the National Assembly, 1976-1992.
  7. Correspondence with Bernard Leeman who was researching a thesis on political movements in Lesotho, 1978-1981.
  8. Correspondence with Chief Leshoboro Majara, 1981.
  9. Correspondence with Moses Tlebere about curriculum development in Lesotho, 1981.
  10. Letter from Mrs Winifred Coates in Maseru, 3 Mar 1986.
  11. Correspondence with King Moshoeshoe II, 1991-1992.
  12. Correspondence with Joel Mohapeloa, 1991-1994.
File 2: Papers
  1. National Union of Basutoland Students conference programme, 11-13 Jul 1959.
  2. 'Some landmarks in the life history of the late Reverend Edward Motsamai:1870-1959' by N.M. Taole, n.d.
  3. Handwritten report by E.J. Mabathoana on a dietary study conducted at Matsieng, 18-20 Oct 1960; 4 pages with tables. With requisites for a feeding scheme for about 70 children, list of pre-school children located at Matsieng and papers of a WHO nutrition survey.
  4. Basutoland National Council programme, 11-12 Mar 1960, with official report on the 1st meeting, 1st session of the Legislative Council.
  5. Speeches by Gordon Hector, 1958, 1962, 1964 and 1965.
  6. Official Report of the Basutoland National Council, 11 Mar 1965, including tributes to Chief L.K. Motsoene.
  7. 'The Agricultural Demonstrator in Lesotho' by G.M. Hector, n.d.
  8. School Feeding Programme Guide, Department of Agriculture, Basutoland, Nov 1965.
  9. Plan of LOF site in neighbourhood of UBBS in Roma valley, c.1965.
  10. Diagram of Pitso Ground, n.d.
  11. Note on the Garden of Remembrance, Hobson's Square, Maseru, n.d.
  12. Various speeches of King Moshoeshoe II, 1976-1990.
File 3: Papers
  1. Kingdom of Lesotho budget speech, 1981-1982.
  2. Lesotho Save the Children Fund newsletters, 1981 and 1984, and chairman's reports, 1982-1986.
  3. 'A Brief to Parliament by the Prime Minister, the Right Honourable Dr Leabua Jonathan, on South Africa's activities against Lesotho since the last sitting of Parliament', Apr 1983.
  4. Refugee Bill, 1983.
  5. Memorandum to Cabinet by the Prime Minister relating to the Human Rights Bill, 1983.
  6. Proposal by L.B.B.J. Machobane for a Ph.D. thesis in the Faculty of Law, University of Edinburgh, 1984: 'The Framing of a Constitutional Monarchy: the role of the Basutoland National Council in the Formation of a Parliamentary Cabinet System for the Kingdom of Lesotho (1910-1959)'.
  7. Address by the Chairman of the Military Council and Council of Ministers, H.E. Major General Justin Metsing Lekhanya, in the Constituent Assembly, 5 Dec 1990.
  8. Report by A.M. Gann on a visit to Lesotho during sabbatical leave from the Diocese of Oxford, 2 May-1 Aug 1995.
  9. Printed pamphlets containing obituaries of Mofu Ntate Joel Thabiso Mohapeloa (1905-1997) and Mofu Dr Bernice Tlalane Mohapeloa (1899-1997).


  • 1956-1997


1 box

Language of Materials

  • English

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MS. 5450

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Additional papers of Gordon M. Hector relating to Lesotho.

Biographical / Historical

Gordon Matthews Hector was born on 9 June 1918, the son of Dr George Pittendreigh Hector, Indian Agricultural Service. He was educated at St Mary's, Melrose, the Edinburgh Academy and, from 1936 to 1939, at Lincoln College, Oxford. His plans for further academic studies, after graduating B.A. in Modern History, were interrupted by the outbreak of war. He served with the Army from 1939 to 1945 in East Africa, Abyssinia, Madagascar, Ceylon, India and Burma.

In 1946 Hector joined the Colonial Overseas Service as a cadet in Kenya where he served until 1952. He then took up the post of Government Secretary in the Seychelles where he remained until 1955, acting as Governor for a period in 1953. He married Dr Mary Forrest Gray in 1954.

Hector was transferred to Basutoland in 1956 as Deputy Resident Commissioner and Government Secretary, a post which was re-designated 'Chief Secretary' in 1964 and 'Deputy British Government Representative' in 1965. When the Basutoland National Council was inaugurated as a Legislative Council on 12 March 1960 Hector was appointed Leader of the House, a position he held until the new Constitution was formed in 1965. In October 1966 he left the Lesotho Government and took up a post on the administrative staff of the University of Aberdeen. From 1980 until 1985 he was Secretary to the Assembly Council of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland. He died in 2001.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated to the Bodleian Library by Gordon Hector's widow in 2002.

Related Materials

Bodleian Library: MSS. Brit. Emp. s. 381/1-6 Papers of Gordon M. Hector relating to his colonial service in East Africa, the Seychelles and Basutoland.
Catalogue of the Additional Papers of Gordon M. Hector relating to Lesotho
Finding aid prepared by Lucy McCann
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