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Collection Level Description: Papers of Joseph Sweeney

Reference: MSS. Afr. s. 2337
Title: Papers of Joseph Sweeney
Dates of Creation: 20th century
Extent: 66 pp., 1 map

Language of Material: English

Administrative/Biographical History

Joseph Sweeney served from 1939 to 1943 in the Royal Artillery (the Territorials), the R.A.O.C. and R.E.M.E., surviving the sinking of the HMT Lancastria in June 1940. From 1943 he was seconded to O.E.T.A. (Occupied Enemy Territory Administration) before being discharged in 1946. He then joined the Colonial Education Service, working as an education officer in Kongwa, Tanganyika, 1956-1958. He emigrated to Canada in 1968.

Scope and Content

Photocopied transcript of Tales from the African Bush, a memoir of Sweeney's service in Kongwa, Tanganyika.

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Sweeney | Joseph F. | fl 1956-1994 | colonial education officer

Lancastria (Steamship)

Education | Sierra Leone

Education | Tanzania

Education | Zambia

World War, 1939-1945 | Naval operations, British

Tanzania | Description and travel

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