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Collection Level Description: Papers of Sir Kennedy Trevaskis (1)

Reference: MSS. Brit. Emp. s. 546
Title: Papers of Sir Kennedy Trevaskis (1)
Dates of Creation: 1939-1987
Extent: 5 boxes

Language of Material: English



Administrative/Biographical History

Sir Gerald Kennedy Nicholas Trevaskis entered the colonial service as an administrative cadet, Northern Rhodesia in 1938. During the Second World War he enlisted with the Northern Rhodesian Regiment, was captured by Italian forces at Tug Aqan, British Somaliland in 1940, was seconded to British Military Administration, Eritrea, 1941-1948, and was made Senior Divisional Officer, Assab, 1943. After the war, he served as a member of the British delegation to the Four Power Commission of Investigation into ex-Italian Colonies, 1947-1948. He worked as District Commissioner at Ndola, Northern Rhodesia and Liaison Officer for the United Nations Commission, Eritrea, 1950. He served as Political Officer, Western Aden Protectorate, 1951, Deputy British Agent from 1952 and British Agent to Western Aden Protectorate from 1954. In 1957 he was a member of the British Delegation at the Anglo-Yemeni meeting in London. He held the post of High Commissioner for Aden and the Protectorate of South Arabia, 1963-1965. Awarded the OBE and KCMG, he published Eritrea: A Colony in Transition, 1941-52 (Oxford, Oxford University Press, 1960) and Shades of Amber: A South Arabian Episode (London, Hutchinson, 1968). In 1945 he married Sheila James Harrington.

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Administrative Information

Access Conditions

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Reproduction Restrictions

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

Further Information

Finding Aids

A handlist for the collection is available in the library reading room.

Related Units of Description

Correspondence, memoranda, etc. with British Military Administration in Eritrea, 1944-1951, and as Political Officer and Agent in Western Aden, 1952-1966 (ref. MSS. Brit. Emp. s. 367); letters to Dr. Rita Hinden regarding developments in Eritrea, 1945-1948 (ref. MSS. Brit. Emp. s. 365, box 180/3); diaries of Peter Davey, 1932-1947 (ref. MSS. Ind. Ocn. s. 214); letters from Eritrea, 1941-1944 (ref. MSS. Brit. Emp. s. 27, vol. 2: ff 1-140, 228-245).

Access Points

Trevaskis | Gerald Kennedy Nicholas | 1915-1990 | Sir | Knight and Colonial Administrator

Four Powers Commission of Investigation for the Former Italian Colonies | Eritrea | 1947

Eritrea | History

Aden (Yemen) | History | 20th century

Eritrea | Description and travel | Views

Kenya | Description and travel

Tanzania | Description and travel

Somalia | Description and travel

Zambia | History

Zambia | Social conditions

Middle East | History | 1979-

Ethnology | Eritrea

Natural history | Zambia

Iran-Iraq War, 1980-1988 | Diplomatic history


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