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Collection Level Description: Diaries of Geoffrey Douglas Popplewell

Reference: GB 0162 MSS.Afr.s.1980
Title: Diaries of Geoffrey Douglas Popplewell
Dates of Creation: 1934-1941
Extent: 14 volumes
Name of Creator: Geoffrey Douglas Popplewell

Language of Material: eng



Administrative/Biographical History

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 .

Scope and Content

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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Finding Aids

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

Listed as no. 1106 in Manuscript Collections in Rhodes House Library Oxford, Accessions 1978-1994 (Oxford, Bodleian Library, 1996).

Access Points

Popplewell | Geoffrey Douglas | b 1904 | District Officer Colonial Government

Colonial administrators | Tanzania | Diaries

Great Britain | Colonial Administrative Service

Tanzania | Description and travel


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