A small collection of papers relating to Connon's time in Africa, as an employee of the Taylor Woodrow Group of Building and Civil Engineering Contractors. The collection comprises a final draft of a site clerk's hand book, subsequently printed and used as a simple training manual for Taylor Woodrow Group of Building and Civil Engineering Contractors' African employees, 1954; and a file containing records of visits made by Connon to sites in the Gold Coast and Nigeria to audit and instruct the company's clerical staff, 1950s. The records' interest lies in the illustration which they provide of contemporary attitudes towards the company's African workers, and of their salaries and working hours.
Papers of Alexander Connon
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Administrative / Biographical History
Alexander Connon joined the Taylor Woodrow Group of Building and Civil Engineering Contractors in the United Kingdom early in 1946 as a cashier/ wages clerk. In Sept 1948 he transferred to Tanganyika, on the African Gold Coast, where his company were engaged in laying a pipeline from the New Southern Province Groundnut Exploitation area to the coast. He spent the following 10 years in this region, initially at the company's offices in the Nachingwea area, where it was involved with plans to build a township, and subsequently, at Lagos and the Eastern Region (Port Harcourt). During this time he was promoted from internal auditor, to regional manager, and latterly, administration manager for Nigeria. His company was committed to a policy of Africanisation, and during his time there he was involved with training young Africans in office techniques and procedures, such that they might subsequently be employed in place of their British counterparts. He returned to the United Kingdom in 1959, but remained with the Taylor Woodrow Group for several years. In 1984 he was a student advisor at Aberdeen College of Commerce.
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Deposited in the University in Oct 1984, by Alexander Connon. The records were deposited in response to an article written by Professor J.D. Hargreaves, Department of History, University of Aberdeen, in the African Studies Group Bulletin, Sept 1983.
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