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Transcript of interview: Sir Harold Smedley, 1997

Reference Code: GBR/0014/DOHP 23

Scope and Contents

From the Fonds:

The programme comprises transcripts of interviews with senior diplomats.


  • 1997


Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for consultation by researchers using Churchill Archives Centre, Churchill College, Cambridge.

Material in this collection is open to researchers unless otherwise marked in the catalogue.

Biographical / Historical

Harold Smedley was born 19 June 1920, the son of the late Dr R. D. Smedley, MA, MD, DPH, Worthing; he was educated at Aldenham School and Pembroke College, Cambridge. In 1950 he married Beryl Mary Harley Brown, of Wellington, New Zealand.

After serving the war of 1939-45 in the Royal Marines, Smedley entered the Dominions Office (later the Commonwealth Relations Office) in 1946. His career included: Private Secretary to Permanent Under-Secretary of State, 1947-48; British High Commissioner’s Office at Wellington, New Zealand, 1948-50 and Salisbury, Southern Rhodesia [later Zimbabwe], 1951-53; Principal Private Secretary to Secretary of State for Commonwealth Relations, 1954-57; Counsellor, British High Commissioner’s Office at Calcutta, 1957, and New Delhi [India], 1958-60; British High Commissioner in Ghana, 1964-67; Ambassador to Laos, 1967-70; Assistant Under-Secretary of State, FCO, 1970-72; Secretary General, Commission on Rhodesian opinion, 1971-72; High Commissioner in Sri Lanka, and Ambassador to Republic of Maldives, 1972-75; High Commissioner in New Zealand and concurrently Governor of Pitcairn Island, 1976-80; High Commissioner in Western Samoa [now Samoa] (non-resident), 1977-80.

He was awarded the KCMG in 1978 (CMG 1965); MBE 1946. He died in February 2004.


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Language of Materials



Smedley, Sir Harold

Finding aid date

2002-03-27 16:51:36+00:00

Repository Details

Part of the Churchill Archives Centre Repository

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