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Humphrey Gibbs, Beleaguered Governor

Southern Rhodesia, 1929-69

By Alan J. Megahey, Robert Blake (Foreword by)

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Format: Hardcover, 241 pages, 1998 Edition
Published In: United Kingdom, 01 March 1998
This is a biography of Sir Humphrey Gibbs, an upper-class Englishman who settled in Southern Rhodesia soon after it became a self-governing colony. He was a leading farmer and churchman, an MP, and eventually Governor of the country. In 1964 the Rhodesian Front declared UDI, but he remained at his post in Government House for a further five years, and was a conduit for negotiations between the British Government and the rebel regime.

Table of Contents

List of Plates Introdution; R.G.Mugabe Foreword; R.Blake Preface Acknowledgements A Note on Place-Names Map of Places Mentioned in the Text Chronology The Early Years Into Africa Farming in Peace and War Politics and Federation Southern Rhodesia in the Late Fifties First Years as Governor The End of Federation Prelude to UDI The Unilateral Declaration of Independence Tensions and Talks A Long Haul A State of Uncertainty Near the End of the Road Retirement at Bonisa Epilogue Notes Bibliography Index

About the Author

ALAN MEGAHEY read History at Cambridge, and was ordained in 1971. He has spent most of his career in independent schools, as Head of History and as a housemaster; he is currently Chaplain of Uppingham School. For ten years he was headmaster of Zimbabwe's leading independent school, Peterhouse, which was where he became acquainted with Sir Humphrey Gibbs. He gave the address at the funerals of both Sir Humphrey in 1990, in Zimbabwe, and Dame Molly Gibbs, in 1997 in Kent.


'...a highly readable and impartial book, unlikely to be superseded...a welcome corrective to the tendentious version of events in Ian Smith's recently published autobiography.' - Robert Blake

EAN: 9780333721582
ISBN: 0333721586
Publisher: Palgrave MacMillan
Dimensions: 21.59 x 13.97 x 1.91 centimetres (0.49 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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