Arthur Snelling


Arthur Snelling

Sir Arthur Wendell Snelling (1914-1996) was born on 7 May 1914 and educated at Ackworth School, Yorkshire, and University College, London.

He was Study Group Secretary at the Royal Institute of Internal Affairs, 1934–1936. He joined the Dominions Office in 1936, and became Private Secretary to the Parliamentary Under-Secretary in 1939. Snelling was Deputy High Commissioner for the UK in New Zealand, 1947–1950, and South Africa, May 1953–January 1956. He was Assistant Under-Secretary of State at the Commonwealth Relations Office, 1956–1959, and British High Commissioner in Ghana, 1959–1961. Snelling was Deputy Under-Secretary of State at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, 1961–1969, and Ambassador to South Africa, 1970–1973. He was Vice-President of the UK-South Africa Trade Association, 1974–1980.

Amongst friends and family he preferred the name Peter, using his birth name for public affairs and correspondance. He died on 25 June 1996 at his home in Kingston Upon Thames after losing his fight with lung cancer, he is survived by his wife, Lady Frieda Snelling.

External links

* [http://janus.lib.cam.ac.uk/db/node.xsp?id=EAD%2FGBR%2F0115%2FRCMS%20113%2F30 Cambridge University Janus Repository]
* [http://www.npg.org.uk/live/search/person.asp?LinkID=mp69810 National Portrait Gallery Pictures of Sir Arthur Wendell Snelling]
* [http://www.thuto.org/ubh/bw/colad/coloff.htm#n45 Bechuanaland Colonial Administrators c.1884-c.1965]
* [http://www.fables.co.za/q168.html#Eastern Cape Fables Bookshop South Africa Africana Catalogue Q168] - Fables has references to Sir Arthur Snelling highlighting his role as UK Ambassador.


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