Sir Alexander (Nicol Anton) Waddell (1913-1999) entered the Colonial Administrative Service in 1937 as a cadet, rising to the rank of Acting Resident Commissioner, British Solomon Islands, 1945. During World War Two his posts included a period on naval service as a coastwatcher, 1942-1944. He joined the Malayan Civil Service in 1946, holding the posts of Principal Assistant Secretary and Acting Deputy Chief Secretary, 1947-1952. He was Colonial Secretary, Gambia, 1952-1956. He served in Sierra Leone as Colonial Secretary, 1956-1958 and Deputy Governor, 1958-1960. From 1960 to 1963 he was Governor and Commander-in-Chief, Sarawak. He was United Kingdom Commissioner, British Phosphate Commissioners, 1965-1977, and a member of the Panel of Independent Inspectors, Department of the Environment, 1979-1985. In 1949 he married Jean Margot Lesbia Masters.
Reports, photocopies of signal books and diaries, and a printed pamphlet on the coastwatchers of Choiseul in the Solomon Islands during World War Two, 1942-1944.
The papers were donated to the library by Waddell on 17th September 1996.Access Conditions
Bodleian reader's ticket required.Reproduction Restrictions
No reproduction or publication of personal papers without permission. Contact the library in the first instance.
The library holds a card index of all manuscript collections in its reading room.Related Units of Description
Speeches, papers and reports on the financial position, rural development, the Foochow Chinese, economic aspects and development plan of Sarawak, as Governor of Sarawak, 1950-1963 (ref. MSS. Pac. s. 105).
Waddell | Alexander Nicol Anton | 1913-1999 | Sir | knight colonial administrator
Solomon Islands | History | 20th century
World War, 1939-1945 | Solomon Islands