Papers of Sir Geoffrey F.T. Colby

Scope and Content

Correspondence and speeches as Governor of Nyasaland (now Malawi) and papers relating to his pension.

Administrative / Biographical History

Sir Geoffrey Francis Taylor Colby, CMG (1947) KCMG (1949), was born on the 25 March 1901. He was educated at Charterhouse, and Clare College, Cambridge. He worked in Nigeria as an Administrative Officer (1925); acting Principal Assistant Secretary (1939); Secretary of the Nigeria Supply Board (1942); Director of Supplies (1943); Administrative Secretary (1945), and acting Chief Secretary to the Government and the Governor's Deputy on various occasions (1945-1947). In 1948 he became Governor and Commander-in-Chief of Nyasaland (1948-1956). Sir Colby died on the 22 December 1958.

Access Information

Bodleian reader's ticket required.

Acquisition Information

Donated in 1991.


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

Administrative/Biographical History compiled with reference to Who Was Who(volume V).

Other Finding Aids

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