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Papers of Sir Geoffrey Francis Taylor Colby


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Papers of Sir Geoffrey Colby, Governor of Nyasaland, including correspondence on federation, also speeches and papers on Governor's pensions.


  • Creation: [1948-1956?]


3 boxes

Language of Materials

  • English

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Oxford, Bodleian Libraries [followed by shelfmark and folio or page reference, e.g. MSS.Afr.s.2200].

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Collection ID (for staff)

CMD ID 1278

Biographical / Historical

Sir Geoffrey Francis Taylor Colby was born on the 25 March 1901 and educated at Charterhouse, Godalming, Surrey and Clare College, Cambridge. He entered the British Colonial Administrative Service in Nigeria in 1925 as an Administrative Officer and went on to serve as: Principal Assistant Secretary (acting) (1939); Secretary, Nigeria Supply Board (1942); Director of Supplies (1943); Administrative Secretary, Nigeria (1945); Acting Chief Secretary to Government and Governor's Deputy on various occasions (1945-1947), and Governor and Commander-in-Chief of Nyasaland (1948-1956). He was awarded the CMG (1947) and the KCMG (1949). Sir Colby died on the 22 December 1958. 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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The library holds a card index of all manuscript collections in its reading room.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated in July 1991.

Papers of Sir Geoffrey Francis Taylor Colby
Marion Lowman
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Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

Weston Library
Broad Street
Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom