Garfield Todd: The End of the Liberal Dream in Rhodesia

The authorised biography

Susan Woodhouse



This book traces the development, triumph and failure of the man who unexpectedly found himself at the centre of political life in Southern Rhodesia, during the explosive years of 1953 to 1958. Todd was born in New Zealand and sent to Southern Rhodesia in 1934 by the Churches of Christ to take over their small mission station near Shabani in Matabeleland. Having built this up into a thriving centre of a wide circle of churches and schools, Todd entered Parliament in 1946 in Sir Godfrey Huggins’ United Party. Here he established a reputation as a sound, intelligent M.P. and a fine speaker.


It was as if it was written specifically for me by someone who knew that I needed it to fill some gaps in my knowledge and understanding of the most crucial time in the history of our country. - Pius Wakatama


Susan Woodhouse was a former PA to Garfield Todd.