Margaret Reardon donates signed copy of her autobiography

We welcomed another distinguished guest, and her daughter Catherine Armstrong, to the library last Thursday afternoon for tea, and to receive a signed copy of her autobiography:

“An unexpected journey. Life in the Colonies at Empire’s end : a woman’s role” by Margaret Reardon.

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Margaret Reardon and her book in the African Studies Library

Margaret supported her husband Patrick Reardon O.B.E. whilst he was posted in Eritrea serving in the British Military Administration 1945-1952; and continued to support him and her young family as he moved into the Colonial Service with postings in Tanganyika, Bechuanaland, The Gilbert & Ellice Islands, and finally the Turks & Caicos Islands.

As a couple they became friends with Sir Seretse Khama and his wife and saw the transformation of Bechuanaland to Botswana in 1966.

Among the many fascinating memories that she shared with us, Margaret recounted an occasion when whilst making her way across her garden, she was charged by a small rhino!  Her autobiography is based on her diaries, and other official documents which are now housed at the Bodleian in Oxford.

Both Alex and I thoroughly enjoyed meeting Margaret and her daughter Catherine, and we wish them every success with the book.