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Collection Level Description: Papers of Alexander Mair Wilkie

Reference: MSS. Brit. Emp. s. 383
Title: Papers of Alexander Mair Wilkie
Dates of Creation: 1935-1969
Extent: 4 boxes
Name of Creator: Alexander Mair Wilkie

Language of Material: English

Administrative/Biographical History

Alexander Mair Wilkie, CMG (1962), was born in Scotland on the 24 May 1917. He was educated at Hillhead High School in Glasgow, Glasgow University, and Christ's College, Cambridge.

In 1940 Wilkie joined the Colonial Administrative Service and was posted to Kenya as a Cadet. In September of the same year he was released for military service and served in the East African Forces until 1943. After military service, he returned to Kenya where he held the posts of District Officer in Kilifi (1943-1947), Clerk to the Executive and Legislative Councils (1947-1950) and Assistant Financial Secretary (1950-1953).

After a short period on secondment to the British Treasury in London (1953-1955) Wilkie returned overseas. He was appointed Development Secretary to the British Solomon Islands (1955-1957), Financial Secretary to the Western Pacific High Commission (1957-1962) and in 1962 became British Resident Commissioner in the New Hebrides. Wilkie died on the 13 August 1966.

Scope and Content

Correspondence, memoranda etc. of service in Kenya, the British Solomon Islands and as British Resident Commissioner in the New Hebrides.

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Finding Aids

The library holds a card index of all manuscript collections in its reading room and a handlist is also available for this collection.

Listed as no. 171 and 277 in Manuscript Collections (Africana and non-Africana) in Rhodes House Library, Oxford, Supplementary accessions to the end of 1977 and Cumulative Index, compiled by Wendy S. Byrne (Oxford, Bodleian Library, 1978).

Access Points

Wilkie | Alexander Mair | 1917-1966 | Colonial Administrator

Colonial administrators

Great Britain | Colonial Administrative Service

Kenya | Officials and employees

Solomon Islands | Officials and employees

Vanuatu | Officials and employees

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