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Collection Level Description: Papers of Christopher Swabey

Reference: MSS. Brit. Emp. s. 459
Title: Papers of Christopher Swabey
Dates of Creation: 1928-1971
Extent: 7 boxes

Language of Material: English



Administrative/Biographical History

Christopher Swabey (1906-1972), forestry adviser and conservator, took the post of Assistant Conservator of Forests, Trinidad, 1928. He then became Conservator of Forests, Jamaica, 1937, Conservator of Forests, British Guiana, 1946, Chief Conservator of Forests, Uganda, 1951, Forestry Advisor, Colonial Office, 1957-1964 and to the Ministry of Overseas Development, 1964-1965. From 1965 to 1970 he was Director of the Commonwealth Forestry Bureau. In 1947 he married Gabrielle Patricia Markham, with whom he had one daughter.

Scope and Content

Travel diaries, correspondence, drafts for a history of the Colonial Forestry Service, memoranda etc. relating to work in the Colonial Forestry Service, and as director of the Commonwealth Forestry Bureau, in Trinidad, British Guiana, Canada, Sudan, Australia, Jamaica, America, Fiji, Solomon Islands, North Borneo and the West Indies, with two memoirs on colonial service, 1928-1971.

Administrative Information

Access Conditions

Bodleian reader's ticket required: http://www.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/services/admissions/.

Reproduction Restrictions

No reproduction or publication of personal papers without permission. Contact the library in the first instance.

Further Information

Finding Aids

Listed as no. 621 in Manuscript Collections in Rhodes House Library Oxford, Accessions 1978-1994 (Oxford, Bodleian Library, 1996).

Access Points

Swabey | Christopher | 1906-1972 | forestry adviser and conservator

Forestry | History | 20th century

Commonwealth Forestry Bureau

Colonial Forest Service

Guyana | Description and travel

Trinidad and Tobago | Description and travel

Canada | Description and travel

Sudan | Description and travel

Australia | Description and travel

Jamaica | Description and travel

America | Description and travel

Fiji | Description and travel

Solomon Islands | Description and travel

Sabah | Description and travel

West Indies | Description and travel


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