Geoffrey Douglas Popplewell was born in 1904 and educated at Merton Court School in Sidcup (King's Scholar); Westminster School (commoner); and Brasenose College, Oxford.
In 1927 he entered the Colonial Service as a cadet and was posted to Tanganyika; he later held the posts of Assistant District Officer (1929), District Officer (1940), and Senior District Officer (1950). Popplewell was the joint author of Notes on the Geography of Tunduru District and Notes on the Fipa .
Diaries kept as an Administrative Officer in Tanganyika, with detailed comments on safaris and other duties, covering Ufipa, Sumbawanga, Tanga, Lushoto, Korogwe, Pangani, Usambara and Mikindani, 1934-1941; with a complete set of transcripts.
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Listed as no. 1106 in Manuscript Collections in Rhodes House Library Oxford, Accessions 1978-1994 (Oxford, Bodleian Library, 1996).
Popplewell | Geoffrey Douglas | b 1904 | District Officer Colonial Government
Colonial administrators | Tanzania | Diaries
Great Britain | Colonial Administrative Service
Tanzania | Description and travel