Catalogue description Colonial Office and Commonwealth Office: Southern Africa Department: Original Correspondence

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Reference: CO 1048
Title: Colonial Office and Commonwealth Office: Southern Africa Department: Original Correspondence
Description:

This series contains records of the Southern Africa Department. The records relate to the South African High Commission Territories of Basutoland, Bechuanaland and Swaziland. They cover, principally, constitutional reform, development projects and their funding, political parties in the individual territories, political refugees from South Africa, land tenure and criminal justice.

The series includes files from the BBS series which would otherwise be found in DO 157.

Date: 1960-1968
Related material:

For Commonwealth Relations Office files on Swaziland only, see:

For Commonwealth Relations Office files on Botswana, Lesotho and Swaziland see DO 212

FCO 31

FCO 45

Held by: The National Archives, Kew
Legal status: Public Record(s)
Language: English
Creator:

Colonial Office, Southern Africa Department, 1962-1966

Commonwealth Office, Southern Africa Department, 1966-1968

Physical description: 972 file(s)
Access conditions: Open
Immediate source of acquisition:

Foreign and Commonwealth Office , from 1993

Accruals: Series is accruing
Administrative / biographical background:

The Colonial Office assumed responsibility for the three South African High Commission Territories (Bechuanaland, Basutoland, and Swaziland) in 1960 following the re-organisation of government responsibilities dealing with new or soon to be independent Commonwealth countries and the subsequent transfer of responsibility for these three particular territories from the Commonwealth Relations Office to the Colonial Office in 1961. Responsibility remained with the Colonial Office until August 1966 when the Commonwealth Office was formed.

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