Department of Special Collections
Search Online Catalogues
Consulting material: To consult archives and manuscripts, a full and unrestricted Bodleian reader's card (Group A) is required. You should apply for your card at the Admissions Office.
Pre-ordering: Before your visit you may order up to ten items by emailing email@example.com. Please be advised that some collection material is held offsite; we advise pre-ordering at least two working days before your visit to ensure material is available on your arrival.
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.
Papers, 1954-1964, of Sir John Smith Moffat concerning proposed constitutional changes in Northern Rhodesia and the Monckton Commission. Comprises
Donated by Sir John Moffat's daughter, Mrs Margaret Van Gend, in 2014.
Oxford, Bodleian Library, MSS. Afr. s. 2523
Moffat | John Smith | Sir | 1905-1985 | colonial official and politician
Zambia -- Politics and government -- 20th century