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Royal Commonwealth Society : Sir Alan Burns Collection of Gold Coast [i.e. Ghana] photographs, 1940s

Great Britain and Northern Ireland. Ministry of Information. West African Photographic Service

Royal Commonwealth Society

<p style='text-align: justify;'>A collection of loose prints measuring approximately 195 x 160 mm, with brief captions supplied by Sir Alan Burns. The collection relates to Sir Alan's period as Governor of the Gold Coast.</p><p style='text-align: justify;'> Sir Alan Cuthbert Burns (1887-1980) was the son of James Burns, Treasurer of St Christopher-Nevis and himself served in the Leeward Islands Colonial Civil Service from 1905-12 and in the Nigeria Civil Service 1912-24; from 1924-29 he was Colonial Secretary of the Bahamas and administered the Government on several occasions. He returned to Nigeria as Deputy Chief Secretary to Government from 1929-34 and was Governor of British Honduras from 1934-40; after a period as Assistant Under-Secretary of State for the Colonies he served as Governor of the Gold Coast from 1941-47. From 1947-56 he was Permanent U.K. Representative on the Trustee Council of the United Nations.</p>

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