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Dame Margery Freda Perham (1895-1982), Colonial civil servant and historian

Sitter in 3 portraits
Writer and lecturer on African affairs. In 1939, Perham became the first official - and first female - fellow of the new Nuffield College in Oxford. She was instrumental in making colonial studies a respected academic subject and became an influential lobbyist and publicist for 'indirect rule', the education of colonial civil servants and the development of universities for the new African leaders and experts.

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Dame Margery Perham

by Sir William Rothenstein
sanguine and black and white chalk, 1919
NPG 5484


Dame Margery Freda Perham

by Peter Wardle
coloured chalk, 1966
NPG 6643


Dame Margery Freda Perham

by Walter Bird
bromide print, 15 February 1962
NPG x169941