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Collection Level Description: Correspondence of Sir G.J. Bower, with a Narrative about the Jameson Raid and the South African War

Reference: GB 0162 MSS.Afr.s.63, 63*
Title: Correspondence of Sir G.J. Bower, with a Narrative about the Jameson Raid and the South African War
Dates of Creation: 1897-1898, 1900, 1926-1932
Extent: 15 items, 1 volume
Name of Creator: Graham John Bower

Language of Material: eng



Administrative/Biographical History

Sir Graham John Bower (1848-1933) entered the Royal Navy in 1861. He served continuously until December 1880, at which point he became Private Secretary to Sir Hercules Robinson. In 1884, Bower retired from the Royal Navy (with the rank of Commander) and in the same year became Imperial Secretary to the High Commissioners for South Africa (1884-1897). In 1898, he was appointed to the post of Colonial Secretary of Mauritius, a post he held until his retirement in 1910. Bower was also President of the Grotius Society; a Justice of the Peace in Hampshire, England; and was awarded the KCMG in 1892.

Scope and Content

Miscellaneous correspondence, 1897-1898, 1926-1932 (15 items), and Bower's narrative written in 1900 of events leading to the Jameson raid and the South African war (1 volume).

Administrative Information

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.

Listed as no. 722 in Manuscript Collections of Africana in Rhodes House Library, Oxford, compiled by Louis B. Frewer (Oxford, Bodleian Library, 1968).

Publication Note

Listed in Private Papers of British Colonial Governors, 1782-1900, by The Historical Manuscripts Commission (1986).

Access Points

Bower | Graham John | 1848-1933 | Sir | Knight Colonial Administrator

Jameson's Raid, 1895-1896 | Personal narratives

South African War, 1899-1902 | Personal narratives

Colonial administrators | South Africa

Great Britain | Colonial Administrative Service

South Africa | Officials and employees


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