Papers of Joseph Sweeney

Scope and Content

Photocopied transcript of Tales from the African Bush, a memoir ofSweeney's service in Kongwa, Tanganyika.

Administrative / Biographical History

Joseph Sweeney served from 1939 to 1943 in the Royal Artillery (the Territorials), the R.A.O.C. and R.E.M.E., surviving the sinking of the HMT Lancastria in June 1940. From 1943 he was seconded to O.E.T.A. (Occupied Enemy Territory Administration) before being discharged in 1946. He then joined the Colonial Education Service, working as an education officer in Kongwa, Tanganyika, 1956-1958. He emigrated to Canada in 1968.

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

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Conditions Governing Use

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


Educational papers, 1963-1975, of Joseph Sweeney relating to service inTanganyika, Sierra Leone and Zambia, including commercial teacher trainingand vocational training with course material and overhead transparencies,donated by Sweeney on 1st June 1994.