Photograph album of Eric R. Bevington

Scope and Content

Album of photographs by Bevington of the Gilbert, Ellice and Phoenix Islands and of places en-route to these islands, including Naples, Aden, Colombo and the Cocos Islands, 1937-1939; includes some additional photographs, 1942, 1994, 1998 and undated.

Administrative / Biographical History

Eric Raymond Bevington (b 1914), CMG (1961), was educated at Monkton Combe School, Loughborough College, and Queen's College, Cambridge, taking a post as a cadet in HM Overseas Service, Gilbert and Ellice Islands, 1937. He began work as a district officer, Fiji, 1942, served as Secretary, Commission of Enquiry into Cost of Living Allowances, Nigeria, 1945-1946, and was made administrative officer Cl.I, Fiji, 1950. He became Assistant Colonial Secretary (Development), Fiji, 1951, Development Commissioner, Brunei, 1954, and worked as Financial Secretary, Fiji, 1958-1961. He was Development Commissioner, Fiji, 1962-1963 and a member of Fiji's Executive Council, 1958-1963. He was Senior ProjectEngineer, Wrigh Rain Ltd., 1964-1967, Appeals Inspector, Ministry of Housing and Local Government, 1967-1970, Senior Housing and Planning Inspector, Department of the Environment, 1970-1978, and a member of New Forest District Council, 1979-1983. In 1939 he married Enid Mary Selina (ne Homer), with whom he had one son and one daughter.

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

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Related Material

The things we do for England - if only England knew!, typescript account of service in the Gilbert and Ellice Islands, Fiji and Brunei, 1930-1950 (ref. MSS. Pac. s. 79); typescript account of the economy and development of Brunei, 1955 (ref. MSS. Pac. s. 108).