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.
Copies of selected letters of Sir Graham John Bower, 1895-1928. Microfilm.
Bodleian reader's ticket required.Reproduction Restrictions
No reproduction or publication of personal papers without permission. Contact the library in the first instance.Existence/Location of Originals
The originals are held in the South Africa Public Library (Bower Collection).
The library holds a card index of all manuscript collections in its reading room.
Listed as no. 720 in Manuscript Collections of Africana in Rhodes House Library, Oxford, compiled by Louis B. Frewer (Oxford, Bodleian Library, 1968).
Bower | Graham John | 1848-1933 | Sir | Knight Colonial Administrator
Colonial administrators | South Africa
Great Britain | Colonial Administrative Service
South Africa | Officials and employees