The Last District Officer

Colonial District Officers were gazetted, warranted as Magistrates and Justices of the Peace, then posted to administer remote districts, sometimes the size of Wales, of which hardly anyone had heard. John Pitchford, possibly the last district officer, has written a historical and philosophical autobiography of rare variety. His gung-ho stories of lobotomised hippos, of cockroaches…


Genre: British history, Justice, Librario, Non-fiction, Politics
Subjects: atolls, British Colonial Service, British colonies, Central Africa, Central Pacific, colonial administration, Colonial district officer, Justice of the Peace, magistrates

Last Boat For Africa

John Miller was one of the last four young administrative officers to be sent to Africa. In the twilight of The British Empire. He arrived in Swaziland in 1962 to take up a position in the British Colonial Service. For the next three years, his life was nothing if not varied as the Administration worked…


Genre: Africa, African history, Librario, Non-fiction, Politics
Subjects: animal conservation, British Colonial Service, British colonies, British Empire, independence, Sobhuza II, Swaziland, witchcraft

I Remember It Well: Fifty Years of Colonial Service Personal Reminiscences

Life in the Colonial Service was varied, sometimes dangerous, often hilarious but never dull. Members of the Overseas Service Pensioners’ Association served the Crown in far-flung territories both before and after World War II. Their reminiscences were published in whole or in part from time to time in the Association’s biannual Journal, the Overseas Pensioner.…


Genre: British history, History, Librario, Non-fiction
Subjects: British colonies

An Island In The Autumn: How The Gilbert And Ellice Islands Gained Independence

In 1970, after serving nearly twenty years in Nigeria, John Smith returned to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office ready for a fresh assignment as a Commomwealth administrator. The ‘powers that be’ assured him that they would find him ‘an island in the autumn’. The posting turned out to be that of Financial Secretary of the…


Genre: Librario, Modern History, Non-fiction, Politics, World history
Subjects: British colonies, Commonwealth, FCO, Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Gilbert and Ellice Islands, independence, Nigeria, Soloman Islands

A Two-Year Wonder: The Kenya Police 1953-1955

Following the Mau Mau uprising in Kenya, a State of Emergency was declared in September 1953. Twelve hundred police officers, mainly from Britain, were appointed on two-year contracts as assistant inspectors then inspectors in an effort to bring stability to the colony. The Security Forces were portrayed in an unfavourable light in Britain, this fascinating…


Genre: African history, Librario, Modern History, Non-fiction, World history
Subjects: Africa, British colonies, Kenya, Mau Mau

The Last Colonial Regiment: The History of the Kenya Regiment (T.F.)

The Kenya Regiment was the last of a long line of British colonial militias. The book describes its evolution and short life, starting in 1937 and ending in 1963. In the Second World War, the regiment did not enter the field as a unit but provided Officers and NCOs for the far larger King’s African…


Genre: Librario, Military History, Non-fiction, World history
Subjects: British colonies, KAR, Kenya, Kenya Regiment, Mau Mau, World War II