Papers of Major Geoffrey N. Burden, CMG, MBE

Scope and Content

Personal data sheet, correspondence with Oxford DevelopmentRecords Project, [1978-1984]; extracts from autobiography relating to service in EastAfrican forces, with transcript of entire autobiography, [c1980s?].

Administrative / Biographical History

Major Geoffrey Noel Burden (fl 1898-1980s), CMG (1952), MBE (1938), waseducated at Exeter School and Royal Military College, Sandhurst, undertakingmilitary service, 1915-1923 and [1940]-1942, serving latterly in 2/2nd Battalion, King's African Rifles,Nyasaland, 1940, 2nd East Africa (Holding Battalion), Northern Rhodesia,1941, and the civil resettlement camp, Nyasaland, 1942. He began civilian workas a cadet, Nyasaland, 1925, district officer, 1927 and Director of Publicity,1936. He became Chief Recruiting Officer, 1940 and Assistant Chief Secretary, 1945.He was made Commissioner of Labour, Gold Coast, 1946 and Chief Commissioner,1950.

Other Finding Aids

Listed as no. 920 (36) in Manuscript Collections in RhodesHouse Library Oxford, Accessions 1978-1994 (Oxford, Bodleian Library,1996).

Related Material

Memorandum on labour migration in Africa, 1951, report, The Gonja DevelopmentCompany, Damongo, December 1950-June 1952 (ref. MSS. Afr. s. 652); tape andtranscript of interview concerning administrative service, 1925-1946, inNyasaland (ref. MSS. Afr. s. 1454); tape and transcript of interview concerningexperiences as Labour Commissioner, Gold Coast, 1946-1960, and as ChiefRegional Officer, 1960-1963, Northern Territories (ref. MSS. Afr. s. 1435);report and articles on migrant Nyasaland labour, 1947-1964 (ref. MSS. Afr. s.1742 (6)).