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Collection Level Description: Papers of Cedric Owen Oates

Reference: GB 0162 MSS.Afr.s.1950
Title: Papers of Cedric Owen Oates
Dates of Creation: 1950-1972
Extent: 2 boxes
Name of Creator: Cedric Owen Oates

Language of Material: English

Administrative/Biographical History

Cedric Owen Oates was born in 1905 and educated at King's College in Taunton, Seale Hayne Agricultural College, and Oxford University. He served in the Colonial Service as an Agricultural Officer in Kenya (from 1927), and was also Chairman of the Convention of Associations.

The Convention of Associations was established in 1910 to combine a number of associations that had already formed in Kenya to make the needs and interests of the colonists known to the Colonial Office. After a meeting in 1938 the Convention seems not to have met for some time, and after the Election in 1943 its original work was taken over by the Electors' Union. There was an attempt to revive the Convention in November 1943, but it was not until 1957 that the real revival took place; the first meeting was held on the 8 May 1958 and the first Conference on the 27 June. The Convention of Associations continued its activities until April 1963 when it was finally wound up.

Scope and Content

Articles, minutes of meetings, memoranda, statements and correspondence, mostly as Chairman of the Convention of Associations in Kenya.

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Listed as no. 1020 in Manuscript Collections in Rhodes House Library Oxford, Accessions 1978-1994 (Oxford, Bodleian Library, 1996).

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Oates | Cedric Owen | b 1905 | Agricultural Officer Kenya

Convention of Associations | Kenya

Congresses and conventions | Kenya


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