Papers of Sir Alexander Nicol. A. Waddell

Scope and Content

Speeches, papers and reports on the financial position, rural development, economic aspects and development plan of Sarawak, also the Foochow Chinese, as Governor of Sarawak, 1950-1963.

Administrative / Biographical History

Sir Alexander Nicol Anton Waddell DSC KCMG (b 1913) worked as a cadet, BritishSolomon Islands Protectorate, 1937, then District Officer, 1938 and DistrictCommissioner, 1945. During the Second World War he served in theRoyal Australian Navy as lieutenant, 1942-1944, then lieutenant-colonel until1947. Concurrently, in 1945 heentered the Malayan Civil Service, before taking the post of Administrative Officer, 1946, then Principal Assistant Secretary, 1947-1952, North Borneo. He worked as Colonial Secretary, Gambia, from 1952 and becameChief Secretary, Sierra Leone in 1956. He was Deputy Governor, Sierra Leone, 1958-1960. His final posting was in Sarawak, where he served as Governor and Commander-in-Chief, 1960-1963.

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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. 731 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

Reports, photocopies of signal books and diaries and a printed pamphlet onthe coast-watchers of Choiseul in the Solomon Islands during the SecondWorld War, donated to the library on 17th September 1996.