Papers of Sir John Smith Moffat

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Shelfmark: MSS. Afr. s. 2523
Title: Papers of Sir John Smith Moffat
Dates of Creation: 1954-1964
Extent: 1 box
Language(s) of Material: English


Sir John Smith Moffat (1905-1985) entered the Northern Rhodesian government service in 1927 and in 1948 was appointed Commissioner of National Development. He retired from the service in 1951 and embarked on a political career, being appointed as a nominated member of the Northern Rhodesian Legislative Council in 1951, representing African interests. In 1954 he proposed the Moffat Resolutions on race relations policy. He was a member of the Federal Parliament from 1954 to 1962, representing the Central Africa Pary, and became leader of the Liberal Party when it was formed in Northern Rhodesia in 1959. He served as chairman of the African Affairs Board, 1955-1958.

Following the dissolution of the Central African Federation in 1963 and the independence of Northern Rhodesia as Zambia in 1964, Moffat returned to his farm at Mkushi. He later moved to Scotland and then to New Zealand where he died.

Scope and Content

Papers, 1954-1964, of Sir John Smith Moffat concerning proposed constitutional changes in Northern Rhodesia and the Monckton Commission. Comprises

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by Sir John Moffat's daughter, Mrs Margaret Van Gend, in 2014.

Preferred Form of Citation

Oxford, Bodleian Library, MSS. Afr. s. 2523

Access Point(s)

Moffat | John Smith | Sir | 1905-1985 | colonial official and politician

Zambia -- Politics and government -- 20th century

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