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Collection Level Description: Papers of Sir Edwin Porter Arrowsmith

Reference: MSS. Brit. Emp. s. 511
Title: Papers of Sir Edwin Porter Arrowsmith
Dates of Creation: 1932-1965
Extent: 7 boxes
Name of Creator: Edwin Porter Arrowsmith

Language of Material: English



Administrative/Biographical History

Sir Edwin Porter Arrowsmith, CMG (1950) KCMG (1959), was born on the 23 May 1909 and educated at Cheltenham College and Trinity College, Oxford. He was an Assistant District Commissioner in the Bechuanaland Protectorate (1932), and in various District posts (1933-1938), before transferring to the British West Indies, where he was Commissioner of Turks and Caicos Islands (1940-1946) and Administrator in Dominica (1946-1952). Arrowsmith returned to Africa for a 5 year period in 1952, as Resident Commissioner in Basutoland (1952-1956), before becoming Governor and Commander-in-Chief of the Falkland Islands (1957-1964) and High Commissioner of the British Antarctic Territory (1962-1964).

Sir Arrowsmith was Director of the Overseas Services Resettlement Bureau (1965-1979); a member of the Council of St. Dunstan's (1965-c.1992); Chairman (1970-1985), later Vice-President (1985-c.1992) of the Royal Commonwealth Society for the Blind; and President (1977-1983), later Vice-President (1984-c.1992) of the Freshwater Biological Association. Sir Arrowsmith died on the 10 July 1992.

Scope and Content

Correspondence, reports, memoranda and other papers relating to service in the Bechuanaland Protectorate (now Botswana), Turks and Caicos Islands, Dominica, Basutoland (now Lesotho) and the Falkland Islands.

Administrative Information

Access Conditions

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Reproduction Restrictions

No reproduction or publication of personal papers without permission. Contact the library in the first instance.

Further Information

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.

Access Points

Arrowsmith | Sir | Edwin Porter | 1909-1992 | Knight and Colonial Governor

Great Britain | Colonial Administrative Service

Colonial administrators

Governors | Falkland Islands

Botswana | Officials and employees

Turks and Caicos Islands | Officials and employees

Dominica | Officials and employees

Lesotho | Officials and employees

Falkland Islands | Officials and employees


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