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Sir John Richard Pestell (b 1916) worked for the British South African Police in Southern Rhodesia, 1939-1965 and served as Major in the Cyrenaica Defence Force, 1944-1949. He was Secretary and Comptroller to the Governor of Southern Rhodesia, 1965-1969 and Adjudicator, Immigration Appeals, Harmondsworth, 1970-1987. He was made KCVO in 1969. In 1951 he married Betty Parish, with whom he had three daughters.
Typescript diary and papers as Secretary and Comptroller to the Governor of Southern Rhodesia, 1965-1969, covering the early period of UDI, with later introductory material, press cuttings, photographs, etc.
The papers were donated to the library by Sir Pestell on 29th March 1995.Access Conditions
Bodleian reader's ticket required.Reproduction Restrictions
No reproduction or publication of papers without permission. Contact the library in the first instance.
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Pestell | John Richard | b 1916 | Sir | Knight Colonial Civil Servant
Great Britain | Colonies | Zimbabwe | Administration
Zimbabwe | History | 1965-1980