Papers of Sir Leonard David Gammans and Lady Ann Muriel Gammans, ne Paul

Scope and Content

Diaries, notebooks, etc. of Leonard David Gammans, 1916-1956; diaries. etc. ofAnn Muriel Gammans, 1918-1970; tourist brochures and other printed materialconcerning South Africa, [1965-1971].

Administrative / Biographical History

Sir Leonard David Gammans (1895-1957) began his colonial service in Malaya,1920-1934. In the same period he was attached to the British Embassy, Tokyo,1926-1928 and undertook an extensive tour of India, Europe and America to studythe organisation of agriculture, 1930. In 1934 he lectured in the U.S.A. andCanada, and was Director and Secretary of the Land Settlement Association,1934-1939. He worked for the Ministry of Information, 1938-1941 and wasConservative MP for Hornsey, Middlesex, 1941-1957. He was a member of theBritish Delegation to the Conference of the Institute of Pacific Relations inCanada, 1942 and the U.S.A., 1945. He was also a member of a Parliamentarydelegation to the West Indies, 1944, Sarawak, 1946 and Ceylon, 1949. He servedas Assistant Postmaster-General, 1951-1955 and was created baronet in 1955.In 1917 he married Ann Muriel Paul, who later served as MP for Hornsey in herown right, 1957-1966.


The papers are arranged chronologically for each person.

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Collection level description created by Paul Davidson, Bodleian Library of Commonwealth and African Studies at Rhodes House.

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Related Material

Report on the Parliamentary mission to Sarawak, 1946 to ascertainattitudes to cession (ref. MSS. Pac. r. 10); miscellaneous articles, memoranda,etc. on housing, 1929, the co-operative movement, 1930-1934, the Rotarians,1932, etc. in Malaya (ref. MSS. Ind. Ocn. s. 178); diary of Edwin CyrilG. Barrett as Secretary to Captain Gammans, MP and Lieutenant Colonel ReesWilliams, MP, delegated by Parliament to report on whether Sarawak wishedfor cession to the British Crown, 1946 (ref. MSS. Pac. s. 89).