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Collection Level Description: Papers of Sir Harry Fagg Batterbee

Reference: GB 0162 MSS.N.Z.s.13
Title: Papers of Sir Harry Fagg Batterbee
Dates of Creation: 1939-1945
Extent: 23 boxes
Name of Creator: Harry Fagg Batterbee

Language of Material: English



Administrative/Biographical History

Sir Harry Fagg Batterbee, KCVO (1927) GCMG (1946), was born on the 1 January 1880 and educated at Queen Elizabeth's Grammar School in Faversham, and Hertford College, Oxford (he received an Honorary Fellowship from the College in 1956). Batterbee entered the Colonial Office in 1905 and served as Private Secretary to the Secretary of State for the Colonies (1916-1919), and as Political Secretary to the Vice Admiral commanding the Special Service Squadron, Empire Cruise (1923-1924). Between 1925 and 1938 Batterbee worked in the Dominions Office as Assistant Secretary (1925-1930) and Assistant Under Secretary of State (1930-1938). During this time he also served as Political Secretary to the Duke of York during his tour of Australia and New Zealand in 1927, and was Deputy Secretary to the Imperial Conferences in 1930 and 1937. In 1939 Batterbee was appointed as the first British High Commissioner to New Zealand (1939-1945). He was a Governor of the London House Trust, and of Queen Elizabeth's School in Faversham, and was Vice­President of the Royal Commonwealth Society. He was also Registrar of the Order of St. Michael and St. George (1930-1938). Sir Batterbee died on the 25 August 1976.

Scope and Content

Papers as British High Commissioner to New Zealand.

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Access Conditions

Bodleian reader's ticket required.

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

Batterbee | Harry Fagg | 1880-1976 | Sir | Knight High Commissioner to New Zealand

Ambassadors | New Zealand

New Zealand | Officials and employees

Great Britain | High Commissioner for New Zealand


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21 December 2011