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Stockdale, Frank Arthur, 1883-1949 (Knight, agriculturist)



  • Existence: 1883 - 1949


Born Honington, Lincolnshire, on 24 June 1883. Educated at Wisbech Grammar School and Magdalene College, Cambridge. Appointed mycologist and lecturer in agricultural science in the imperial department of agriculture for the West Indies in Barbados in 1905. Transferred to British Guiana in 1909 to join a new agricultural department, and again in 1912 to Mauritius. Appointed director of agriculture in Ceylon [Sri Lanka] in 1916. In his capacity as an adviser on development planning for the Colonial Office, he toured various British colonies reporting on agricultural development. Appointed first comptroller for development and welfare in the West Indies in 1940, vice-chairman of the Colonial Development Corporation in 1948 and chair of the governing body of the Imperial College of Tropical Agriculture in Trinidad also in 1948.

Married Annie Dora (d. 1948), daughter of Lewis Packer, in 1908. Appointed CBE in 1925 and knighted in 1937. Died 3 Aug. 1949 in London.

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Papers of Sir Frank Stockdale

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS Add.10347
Scope and Contents Papers and letters of Frank Stockdale, mainly relating to his work in the West Indies, in particular his appointment in 1905 as Mycologist and Lecturer in Agriculture at the Imperial Department of Agriculture in the West Indies, Barbados, and his transfer in 1908 to the post of assistant director to the Department of Science and Agriculture, and Government Botanist, in British Guiana [Guyana]. This includes correspondence with Sir Daniel Morris, Imperial Commissioner of the West Indies...
Dates: 1901 - 1935
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