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Papers of Neville Barwick


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Papers, mainly as District Officer, Eastern Region, Nigeria, including annual reports and handing-over notes as well as day-files for Orlu division; arrangements for the coronation, 1953; State of Emergency, Bende Division, 1958.


  • Creation: 1953-1958


3 boxes

Language of Materials

  • English

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Collection ID (for staff)

CMD ID 642

Biographical / Historical

Neville Barwick was born in 1916 and educated at Emmanuel College, Cambridge. His career in the Nigerian Administrative Service began in 1948 as a cadet in the Resident's Office, Umuahia, Eastern Region, where he spent two years. From Umuahia he moved to Lagos where he was Assistant Establishment Officer in the Civil Service Commission between 1950 and 1952. Barwick was then posted to Special Duties within the Secretariat, where he took charge of arrangements for the Nigerian representatives at the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II and for Nigeria's own coronation celebrations. He then spent 3 years as a District Officer in the Aba and Orlu Divisions of the Eastern Region before moving to Enugu where he served briefly as Acting Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Welfare, and Acting Principal Assistant Secretary (Political) until May 1957. His last posting was in Umuahia as Senior District Officer in Charge, equivalent to the position of the former Resident, which he held until his retirement in October 1958.

Other Finding Aids

The library holds a card index of all manuscript collections in its reading room and a handlist is also available for this collection.

Listed as no. 1287 in Manuscript Collections in Rhodes House Library Oxford, Accessions 1978-1994(Oxford, Bodleian Library, 1996).

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by Neville Barwick in January 1982.

Papers of Neville Barwick
Marion Lowman
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Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

Weston Library
Broad Street
Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom