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Collection Level Description: Papers of Sir John Pestell

Reference: GB 0162 MSS. Afr. s. 2208
Title: Papers of Sir John Pestell
Dates of Creation: [1965-1969]
Extent: 4 files, 2 boxes

Language of Material: English



Administrative/Biographical History

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.

Scope and Content

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.

Administrative Information

Immediate Source of Acquisition

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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Finding Aids

The library holds a card index of all manuscript collections in its reading room.

Access Points

Pestell | John Richard | b 1916 | Sir | Knight Colonial Civil Servant

Great Britain | Colonies | Zimbabwe | Administration

Zimbabwe | History | 1965-1980


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