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Collection Level Description: Papers of Sir Jack Johnston

Reference: GB 0162 MSS. Brit. Emp. s. 555
Title: Papers of Sir Jack Johnston
Dates of Creation: 1997
Extent: 1 folder

Language of Material: English

Administrative/Biographical History

Sir Jack Johnston, GCMG (b 1918), was educated at Banbury County School and the University of Oxford. During World War Two he was stationed in Northern Ireland, 1941-1942 with the 2nd Buckinghamshire Battalion of the Oxford and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry, then posted as 2nd Lieut. to the 1st Buckinghamshire Battalion. He saw active service in Normandy, Holland and Germany, was promoted to Major and appointed Deputy Assistant Quartermaster General at 30 Corps Headquarters. In 1947 he was taken on by the Colonial Office as Assistant Principal and was later seconded to Accra, Ghana till 1951. He then worked in London in the International Relations Department and in 1953 was appointed Principal Private Secretary to the Secretary of State. In 1956 he was made Head of the Far Eastern Department and in 1957 Head of the Defence Department, Commonwealth Relations Office. In 1959 he was appointed Deputy High Commissioner, South Africa, in 1961 High Commissioner, Sierra Leone and in 1963, High Commissioner, Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland. In 1965 he took the post of Assistant Under-Secretary in charge of relations with India and Pakistan, and of information work before gaining a diplomatic post in Malaysia in 1971, and in Canada in 1974. He retired in 1978, and in the same year was made a Governor of the BBC, a position he held until 1985. He was one of a group of independent observers at the 1980 Rhodesia elections, was a member of the Board of the Centre for International Briefing at Farnham Castle, Surrey from 1979, and Chairman of the ARELS Examination Trust for 10 years from 1982.

Scope and Content

Recollections, typescript memoirs, 1997, of Sir Jack Johnston, covering his service, 1950-1978.

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

The papers were donated to the library by Sir Jack Johnston on 24th June 1999.

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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.

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Finding Aids

The library holds a card index of all manuscript collections in its reading room.

Access Points

Johnston | Jack | fl 1918-1999 | Sir | Knight High Commissioner

World War, 1939-1945 | Personal narratives, British

Commonwealth of Nations | Description and travel

Asia, Southeastern | History | 1945-

Hong Kong (China) | History | 20th century

Sierra Leone | History | 20th century

Sierra Leone | Description and travel

South Africa | Description and travel

Zimbabwe | History | 1890-1965

Malaysia | History | 20th century

Malaysia | Description and travel

Canada | Description and travel

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