Letters from Sir Oswald Raynor Arthur whilst in the Falkland Islands

Scope and Content

Letters home as Governor and Commander-in-Chief of the Falkland Islands.

Administrative / Biographical History

Sir Oswald Raynor Arthur (1905-1973) was educated at Charterhouse, and Corpus Christi College, Cambridge. He entered the Colonial Service in Nigeria in 1928. In 1937 he was transferred to Cyprus where he held the posts of Administrative Officer (1937), Commissioner (1946), Chief Commissioner (1948) and Governor's Deputy (1950). During the 1950s, he served as Colonial Secretary in Bermuda (1951), Governor and Commander-in-Chief of the Falkland Islands (1954), and Governor and Commander-in-Chief of the Bahamas (1957). He retired from the Colonial Service in 1960. Arthur was awarded the CMG (1953), CVO (1953), KCMG (1957) and in 1962 became a Justice of the Peace in East Sussex.

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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 Whoand A Biographical Dictionary of the British Colonial Service 1939-1966 by A.H.M. Kirk-Greene (1991).

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Listed as no. 639 in Manuscript Collections in Rhodes House Library Oxford, Accessions 1978-1994 (Oxford, Bodleian Library, 1996).

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