Papers of Hubert Childs

Scope and Content

Journals of tours of administrative service in Nigeria and Cameroon (1932-1948). Also, reports and papers relating to service in Nigeria (1933-1935), Sierra Leone (1950-1956), and Southern Cameroon (1960-1961).

Administrative / Biographical History

Hubert Childs (1905-1983) was educated at Oakham School, and University College, Oxford. He was on military service during 1941-1946.

Childs entered the Colonial Administrative Service in 1928 and was posted to Nigeria. In 1946 he was transferred to Sierra Leone where he held the posts of Chief Assistant Colonial Secretary (1946) and Chief Commissioner (1949-1959). He was UK plebiscite administrator for Southern Cameroon between 1960 and 1961, and an Observer at the referendum in Malta in 1964. He was awarded the OBE in 1943 and the CMG in 1951.

Access Information

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

Administrative/Biographical History compiled with reference to A Biographical Dictionary of the British Colonial Service 1939-1966 by A.H.M. Kirk-Greene (1991).

Other Finding Aids

The library holds a card index of all manuscript collections in its reading room.

Listed as no. 1313 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.

Custodial History

Deposited with the Oxford Development Records Project.