Sir John Valentine Wistar Shaw (fl 1894-1950) served as Assistant District Commissioner, from 1921, District Commissioner, from 1925, and Assistant Secretary, from 1928, in the Gold Coast. He then moved to Palestine, where he became Assistant Secretary, 1935, Senior Assistant Secretary, 1938 and Departmental Chief Secretary, 1939. He was posted to Cyprus as Colonial Secretary in 1940. He was made Chief Secretary, Palestine, 1943 and acted as Governor, Cyprus and High Commissioner for Palestine for several periods, 1940-1946. From 1947 to 1950 he served as Governor and Commander-in-Chief, Trinidad.
Press cuttings, photographs, correspondence and reports relating to service in the Gold Coast, Cyprus, Palestine, Trinidad and Sierra Leone, 1924-1955; album of photographs of service as Chief Secretary, Palestine, 1946; album of gramophone recordings of speeches made at inauguration as Governor of Trinidad, 1947.
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Listed as no. 615 in Manuscript Collections in Rhodes House Library Oxford, Accessions 1978-1994 (Oxford, Bodleian Library, 1996).Related Units of Description
Addresses of welcome on inauguration as Governor of Trinidad, 1947 (ref. MSS. Brit. Emp. t. 3)
Shaw | John Valentine Wistar | fl 1894-1950 | Sir | colonial administrator
Great Britain | Colonies | Administration
Mandates | Palestine
Palestine | History | 1917-1948
Trinidad and Tobago | History | 20th century
Cyprus | History | British rule | 1878-1960
Ghana | History | To 1957