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This information was published in 1966 in An Encyclopaedia of New Zealand, edited by A. H. McLintock. It has not been corrected and will not be updated.

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Abbott, Barry Atkinson, O.B.E.

(1914– ).

Government officer, Northern Region.

Barry Abbott was born at Auckland, New Zealand, on 17 September 1914. He was educated at Kings College, Auckland, and Auckland University College, and did postgraduate study at Jesus College, Cambridge. He had just commenced work in the Colonial Service as a cadet in Nigeria when military service in the Second World War (till 1946) interrupted his career. In 1954 he became an Administrative Officer and he was also in charge of the local-government wing of the Institute of Administration in the Northern Region. He was awarded the O.B.E. in 1962.

Barton, Terrance Moore

(1913– ).

Deputy Director of the Federal Audit.

Terrance Barton was born at Auckland, New Zealand, on 11 February 1913 and, after graduating from Auckland University College took up an appointment (1938) in Nigeria as an Assistant Auditor. From 1943 to 1946 he saw active service, and on discharge became Assistant Auditor in Hong Kong. Two years later he was posted to the Seychelles, and in 1953 to Sierra Leone as Principal Auditor. In 1956 he became Assistant Director of the Federal Audit in Nigeria and, from 1958 to 1961, Deputy Director.

Campbell, George Hunter

(1914– ).

Former Director of Education, South Cameroons.

George Campbell was born at Dunedin, New Zealand, on 18 May 1914. He was educated at Otago Boys' High School and the University of Otago. After military service from 1940 to 1946 he was appointed Education Officer in Nigeria. In 1954 he became principal of the secondary school at Owerri and Chief Education Officer for South Cameroons. From 1959 to 1961 he was Director of Education.

Mackay, Ian

(1910– ).

Director-General of Broadcasting.

After a period as an announcer in the Commercial Division of the New Zealand Broadcasting Service, Mackay was transferred to programme work and became senior executive of this Division. He spent 13 years with the Service before joining the Macquarie Broadcasting Network, the largest commercial network in Australia. In July 1961 he was appointed Director-General of the Nigerian Broadcasting Corporation.

McIlroy, Robert Joseph

(1911– ).

Professor of agriculture, University of Ibadan.

Robert Joseph McIlroy was born on 12 September 1911 at New Plymouth and educated at New Plymouth Boys' High School, Victoria Univ. College, Wellington, and the University of Birmingham. In 1934 he joined the Dairy Research Institute; a year later he transferred to the Department of Agriculture (1935–40). From 1941 to 1948, he was a senior lecturer in chemistry at Canterbury University; he was appointed professor of chemistry at the University of Ibadan (1948–52). He then spent two years as director of the Tocklai Experimental Station, Assam, India, before taking up a position as professor of agricultural chemistry and dean of agriculture at the University of Ibadan.

Plummer, George Donald Gordon, O.B.E.

(1905– ).

Controller of Works Services, Eastern Region.

Plummer was born at Ponsonby, Auckland, New Zealand, on 11 November 1905, and was educated at Auckland Grammar School and Auckland University College. In 1938 he joined the Colonial Service as an engineer and was posted to Nigeria. He was promoted to Executive Engineer in 1949 and, in 1951, to senior Executive Engineer. He was appointed Deputy Director of Public Works in Eastern Nigeria in 1955, and since 1958 has been Controller of Works Services. He was awarded the O.B.E. in 1962.

Reed, Nigel Vernon, M.B.E., T.D.

(1913– ).

Judge of the High Court, Northern Region.

Nigel Reed was born at Wellington, New Zealand, on 31 October 1913 and attended Wanganui Collegiate School, Auckland University College, and Jesus College, Cambridge. He qualified as a barrister-at-law from Lincoln's Inn and, after six years of military service (1939–45), he was appointed Magistrate in Nigeria, and from 1951 to 1955 he was Chief Magistrate. His next appointment was as Chief Registrar of the High Court of Northern Nigeria. Since 1956 he has been a Judge of the High Court.

Watt, Leith Simpson

(1914– ).

Administrative Officer.

Leith Watt was born at Riversdale, New Zealand, on 19 October 1914. He was educated at New Plymouth Boys' High School and Auckland University College, and in 1939 was appointed a cadet in Nigeria. His career was interrupted by six years' military service in the Royal West African Frontier Force during the Second World War. Since 1954 he has been Administrative Officer.

A number of New Zealand medical men have found their way to posts in the Federation. Among these may be mentioned Dr N. T. Dalton, who is at Zaria in the Northern Region, and Dr J. N. Mein, who is at Mubi in the Trusteeship Province.