Humphrey Gibbs, beleaguered Governor

Southern Rhodesia, 1929-69

Alan Megahey



This book is a biography of Sir Humphrey Gibbs, an upper-class Englishman who settled in Southern Rhodesia soon after it became a self-governing colony. He was a leading farmer and churchmen, and MP, and eventually Governor of the country. In 1964 the Rhodesian Front declared Unilateral Declaration of Independence (UDI), but he remained at his post in Government House for a further five years, and was a conduit for negotiation between the British Government and the regime.


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Alan Megahey has been associated with Peterhouse for almost half its history. Having taught in the independent sector in Britain, he ran the school for ten years, and retains close links with it. He read History at Selwyn College, Cambridge, UK and was ordained in 1971. He was Rector of Peterhouse from 1984 to 1994.