Papers of Sir Geoffrey Miles Clifford

Scope and Content

Papers relating to service in Nigeria, Gibraltar, Cyprus, as Governor of theFalkland Islands, and as Chairman of the United Nigeria Group (Biafran War)and the Nigerian Electricity Supply Co. Ltd., 1930-1978.

Administrative / Biographical History

Sir Geoffrey Miles Clifford (1897-1986) entered the Colonial Administrative Service in Nigeria, 1921, rising to the post of Principal Assistant Secretaryby 1938. He was seconded as Colonial Secretary, Gilbraltar, 1942-1944, then returned to Nigeria as Senior Resident, 1944. He served as chairman of theSalaries Commission, Cyprus, 1945, attached C.O., 1946, and Governor andCommander-in-Chief of the Falkland Islands, 1946-1954. He was a member ofvarious organisations, including the British National Committee onAntarctic Research, the Mental Health Research Fund and the St. Paul's Cathedral Research Council, and Chairman of the United Nigeria Group (Biafran War) and the Nigerian Electricity Supply Co. Ltd.. He was awarded the KBE, CMG, ED and the Mdaille de la Rsistance Franaise avec Rosette. He was marriedtwice, first to Ivy Dorothy Eland in 1920, and secondly to Mary Turner.

Access Information

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

Other Finding Aids

Listed as no. 574 in Manuscript Collections in Rhodes House Library Oxford, Accessions 1978-1994 (Oxford, Bodleian Library, 1996).

Conditions Governing Use

No reproduction or publication of personal papers without permission. Contact the library in the first instance.

Related Material

Tapes and transcript of interview relating to Nigeria, Gibraltar and the Falkland Islands, 1921-1954 (ref. MSS. Brit. Emp. s. 420); papers relating to interests in Antarctic, Arctic and Falkland Island research and expeditions, 1953-1978, held by the Scott Polar Research Institute, Cambridge.