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Collection Level Description: Papers of Sir William Lindsay Murphy

Reference: MSS. Brit. Emp. s. 482, t. 6
Title: Papers of Sir William Lindsay Murphy
Dates of Creation: 1911-1983
Extent: 32 boxes

Language of Material: English



Administrative/Biographical History

Sir William Lindsay Murphy (1887-1965), colonial administrator, entered the Ceylon Civil Service in 1910, rising to the rank of Principal Assistant Colonial Secretary, 1928 and Chairman, Municipal Council and Mayor of Colombo, 1932-1937. He was posted to Bermuda as Colonial Secretary, 1942-1945 and became Governor and Commander-in-Chief of the Bahamas, 1945-1949. He retired briefly in 1949, then served as Acting Governor of Southern Rhodesia, 1954 and Acting Governor of Southern Rhodesia and Acting Governor-General and Commander-in-Chief, Rhodesia and Nyasaland, 1957. Awarded the KCMG and a Knight of the Order of St. John, he was Director of Rhodesian Selection Trust Ltd., Mufulira Copper Mines Ltd. and other companies in the same group from 1953. In 1922 he married Betty Mary Ormsby, with whom he had three sons and two daughters.

Scope and Content

Administrative Information

Access Conditions

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Reproduction Restrictions

No reproduction or publication of personal papers without permission. Contact the library in the first instance.

Further Information

Finding Aids

Listed as no. 604 in Manuscript Collections in Rhodes House Library Oxford, Accessions 1978-1994 (Oxford, Bodleian Library, 1996). A handlist is also available in the library reading room.

Access Points

Murphy | William Lindsay | 1887-1965 | Sir | Knight and Colonial Governor

Great Britain | Colonies | Administration

Sri Lanka | History | 20th century

Bermuda Islands | History | 20th century

Bahamas | History | 20th century

Zimbabwe | History | 20th century

Capricorn Africa Society"

United Rhodesia Party

Advisory commission under Lord Monckton for the review of the Constitution of the Federation of Rhodesia | 1959

Education | Zimbabwe | History | 20th century

Copper mines and mining | Zambia | History | 20th century


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