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Papers of Hubert Childs


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Journals of tours of administrative service in Nigeria and Cameroon (1932-1948). Also, reports and papers relating to service in Nigeria (1933-1935), Sierra Leone (1950-1956), and Southern Cameroon (1960-1961).


  • Creation: 1932-1961


2 boxes

Language of Materials

  • English

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Collection ID (for staff)

CMD ID 1196

Biographical / Historical

Hubert Childs (1905-1983) was educated at Oakham School, and University College, Oxford. He was on military service during 1941-1946.

Childs entered the Colonial Administrative Service in 1928 and was posted to Nigeria. In 1946 he was transferred to Sierra Leone where he held the posts of Chief Assistant Colonial Secretary (1946) and Chief Commissioner (1949-1959). He was UK plebiscite administrator for Southern Cameroon between 1960 and 1961, and an Observer at the referendum in Malta in 1964. He was awarded the OBE in 1943 and the CMG in 1951. Compiled with reference to A Biographical Dictionary of the British Colonial Service 1939-1966 by A.H.M. Kirk-Greene (1991).

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Listed as no. 1313 in Manuscript Collections in Rhodes House Library Oxford, Accessions 1978-1994 (Oxford, Bodleian Library, 1996).

Custodial History

Deposited with the Oxford Development Records Project.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The collection was transferred to the library from Oxford Development Records Project.

Papers of Hubert Childs
Marion Lowman
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Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

Weston Library
Broad Street
Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom