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Robert Maddocks Collection

Reference Code: GBR/0115/RCS/RCMS 361

Scope and Contents

Maddocks has written many articles on postal history, the majority reflecting his primary interest in the history of the Cameroons, particularly during the colonial period. He is the author of a monograph examining postal arrangements during the conquest of German Kamerun by the British and French during the First World War. His works also cover Nigeria, West Africa, Gambia, Zambia, German East and South West Africa, Togo, Ascension, St. Helena, Papua New Guinea, Jamaica and Barbados.


  • Creation: 1959 - 2013

Conditions Governing Access

Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (

Biographical / Historical

In 1957, Robert J. Maddocks went to work for Barclays Bank Dominion, Colonial and Overseas in Victoria, Cameroons, and enjoyed a career spanning 25 years working for the bank in Cameroons, Nigeria, Congo and Zambia. Following his retirement, Maddocks was employed on short term contracts for a number of commercial and development banks in Swaziland, Hong Kong, Papua New Guinea, Gambia and Jamaica.


5 archive box(es) (5 boxes) : paper

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Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

good condition

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by Robert Maddocks in 2014 and 2015.


This description was created by MJC.


Maddocks, Robert J, postal historian

Includes index.
2014-03-26 11:08:45+00:00
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Repository Details

Part of the Cambridge University Library Repository

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