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Collection Level Description: Letters from Sir Graham John Bower (microfilm)

Reference: GB 0162 Micr.Afr.162-163
Title: Letters from Sir Graham John Bower (microfilm)
Dates of Creation: 1895-1928
Extent: 2 reels
Name of Creator: Graham John Bower

Language of Material: English



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

Copies of selected letters of Sir Graham John Bower, 1895-1928. Microfilm.

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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).

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Finding Aids

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).

Access Points

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

Colonial administrators | South Africa

Great Britain | Colonial Administrative Service

South Africa | Officials and employees


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