Small Collections Box 14
Given by Mr C. Leakey.
A variety of postings followed: 1936, Sub-Collector and Magistrate, Palghat; 1937, City Magistrate, Madurai; 1938, Sub-Collector and Joint Magistrate, Shermadevi; 1939, Under Secretary, Home Department in the Madras Government. His final appointment was a Collector of Bangalore in 1945, a post which he held until his retirement from the ICS in 1949. Following his retirement he held senior appointments in Ceylon and Uganda.
The memoir contains descriptions of Government protocol of the period, of the life of tea planters in the Ceylon highlands, of the matrilineal inheritance laws of Cochin and of the panic affecting the Madras Government in 1942 when a Japanese attack appeared imminent. One also catches a glimpse of family life amongst the well-to-do, professional class of Ceylonese and Indians, both Hindu and Christian. 66pp.