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Papers of J. Cledwyn Hughes relating to the Cameroons

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MS. 12711
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Papers of J. Cledwyn Hughes comprising
  1. handing over notes for Victoria Division from A.K. Wright to J.C. Hughes, 22 Feb 1957; handing over notes for Victoria Division from J.C. Hughes to A.K. Wright, 11 Aug 1957; handing over notes for Bamenda Division from P. Nesbitt-Hawes to J.C. Hughes, 29 Apr 1959; manuscript census of Soppo Bobila and notes and report on complaint of land shortage by Soppo Bobila by J.C. Hughes, 18 Jan 1957; and lecture by J.C. Hughes on the Federal Public Service Commission, circa 1960.
  2. letters, mainly from Cameroonians asking for work or assistance or reporting news, 1952-1958.
  3. various reports including information brochure of the Bamenda Area for UN Visiting Mission, 1955, report on local government in the Southern Cameroons, n.d. [late 1950s], and English translation of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Cameroon, n.d. [late 1950s].
  4. printed items and ephemera, c.1950-1960, including Notes and Instructions for the Guidance of Native Court Members and Native Court Clerks, Cameroon Province, n.d. [c.1950], Report of the Native Courts (Cameroons and Bamenda Province) Commission of Inquiry, 1953, Population Census of the Eastern Region of Nigeria (including Southern Cameroons), 1953, and items relating to the Victoria centenary celebrations in 1958.
  5. map of Bamenda Division copied from 1936 and 1938 maps and updated by hand in 1952 and detailed traced map of Kumba Division, n.d. [c.1955].


  • 1950-1960


1 box

Language of Materials

  • English

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MS. 12711

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CMD ID 12711


Papers of J. Cledwyn Hughes relating to the Cameroons.

Biographical / Historical

John Cledwyn Hughes was born in 1926 and educated at Denbigh Grammar School. His studies for an economics degree at the University of Wales, Aberystwyth, were interrupted by National Service with the RAF in East Africa from 1945 to 1948. He took a diploma in social science at the London School of Economics and in 1951-1952 took the Colonial Service training course at London University.

Hughes was posted to Nigeria in July 1952 and sent to the Southern Cameroons. Over the next six years he was assistant district officer in Bamenda, Kumba and Victoria, acting district officer in Victoria and assistant secretary in several ministries in Buea. From 1959 to 1961 he was at the Federal Public Service Commission in Lagos, then Under-Secretary at the Ministry of Mines and Power and, from 1963 to 1964, Deputy Permanent Secretary at the Federal Ministry of Lagos Affairs.

After returning to the UK in 1964 Hughes qualified as a solicitor at Liverpool University and worked for Swayne, Johnson & White in Denbigh until retiring in 1991. He died in 2016.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by the son of J. Cledwyn Hughes in 2017.
Catalogueof the Papers of J. Cledwyn Hughes relating to the Cameroons
Finding aid prepared by Lucy McCann
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Repository Details

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