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Charles Richard (Dick) Whittaker’s Papers about Rhodesia [Zimbabwe], 1965 - 1974

Reference Code: GBR/0014/MISC 94

Scope and Contents

Includes Whittaker’s account of his arrest, detention and deportation from Rhodesia [Zimbabwe] in 1966; typescript reports about the events at University College of Rhodesia and Nyasaland [later the University of Zimbabwe], 1966; correspondence and papers; press cuttings; and background material.


  • Creation: 1965 - 1974

Conditions Governing Access

From the Fonds:

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

Some material within the collection is closed to researchers.

Biographical / Historical

Charles Richard (Dick) Whittaker was born on 25 October 1929. He was educated at Woodstock School, India and Kingswood School, Bath. He studied Classics (specialising in Ancient History) at St John’s College, Cambridge, graduating in 1953. After studying for a Diploma in Education, he taught Classics at King William’s College, Isle of Man, 1954-1959 and at Glasgow Academy, 1959-1961. He was Lecturer in Ancient History at University College of Rhodesia and Nyasaland [later the University of Zimbabwe], 1962-1966, where he was one of several lecturers arrested in a dawn raid in July 1966 and subsequently deported. He then worked at King’s College, Cambridge; the University of Ghana, 1967-1969; and the University of Alberta, 1969-1971. He was elected as a Fellow of Churchill College, Cambridge in 1971 after being appointed as a Lecturer in Ancient History at the University of Cambridge. He died on 28 November 2008.


3 file(s)

Language of Materials


Date information

DateText: The majority of folios date from 1966.


Whittaker, Charles Richard (Dick), 1929-2008, ancient historian

Finding aid date

2010-10-07 14:42:30.283000+00:00


Repository Details

Part of the Churchill Archives Centre Repository

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