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presided over by the Duke of Edinburgh. It was then agreed that the principal object of the Society should be 'to encourage and arrange the interchange of knowledge and experience in the practice and science of agriculture, with a view to improving methods of both crop production and the breeding of livestock, to improving the efficiency of agricultural implements and machinery, and to encouraging the ex ange and settlement of young farmers within the Commonwealth.'

In 1968 membership comprised four societies in Africa, seven in Australia, one in New Zealand, one in Canada, one in New Guinea, the four national societies in the United Kingdom representing England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, the Royal Smithfield Club and the Royal Association of British Dairy Farmers. The first Conference was held at Sydney in April 1963, the second at Cambridge in 1965, the third at Toronto in 1967 and the fourth at Nairobi in September 1969. An important facet of the Society's work has become the exchange of ideas and information on new techniques, with special reference to agricultural shows, exhibitions, and the needs of the agricultural community. It is now usual for each conference to have as a theme some subject of topical interest and importance, e.g. Animal Health—“Foot and Mouth Disease" and “Brucellosis” in 1969. Printed reports of the conferences are prepared for member-societies and others interested. It has become evident that many of the problems confronting show organisers throughout the world are identical, e.g. the need to make known new breeding techniques for livestocks, the requirements of trade exhibitors and the need to present the right image of modern agriculture to the rapidly expanding urban populations.

56 Queen Anne Street, London WIM 9LA (01-935 8944)

President: Professor C. F. Beckingham

Director: J. G. Burton-Page

Secretary: Miss D. Crawford The Royal Asiatic Society was founded in 1823 for the study of the history, sociology, institutions, manners, customs, languages, art, archaeology and literature of Asia. The Society's Library contains about 10,000 books, with Sanskrit, Pali, Hindi, Arabic, Persian, Turkish, Malay, Javanese, Tibetan, Sinhalese, Burmese and Siamese manuscripts. It operates several trust funds for the publication of books on Oriental subjects, and publishes a Journal.


Director: Sir George Taylor During its span of over 200 years, Kew has been closely associated with the development of Commonwealth countries. From a small start in 1759 as the botanic garden of Augusta, Dowager Princess of Wales and mother of King George III, the Royal Gardens at Kew soon became famed for the unrivalled variety of plants collected from many lands. In 1841 control of the Gardens was assumed by the State and increasingly from that time, under successive Directors,


Kew supplied the Commonwealth with plants of economic value and with men trained in horticulture.

Kew is renowned as an institution for the study of plants and especially their identification and classification. A large scientific staff is able to avail itself of a herbarium which is without equal in the richness of its collection of preserved plants and its fine botanical library. In addition there is the collection of living plants, some 25,000 species and botanical varieties, which forms the part of the establishment familiarly known to the public as Kew Gardens.

An important task, which has been steadily prosecuted since 1856, has been the compilation of floras of different parts of the Commonwealth. Regional floras now in preparation include those of Tropical East Africa, southern Central Africa, Iraq and Cyprus, while a revision of the Flora of West Tropical Africa is nearing completion.

The identification and classification of plants is aided by a study of their anatomy, cytology, and physiology, and work of this kind is done in the Jodrell Laboratory, a building which was rebuilt and enlarged in 1963-64.

Special interest has always been taken at Kew in the plants of use to man, and much information on the economic properties of plants has been accumulated. Kew has played a notable part in the distribution of useful plants to Commonwealth countries, and this work continues in a modified form to the present. To reduce the risk of carrying harmful pests or disease during the exchange of economic plants, there has been built at Kew a plant quarantine house, financed by Colonial Development and Welfare funds, in which plants in transit from one part of the Commonwealth to another can be grown under supervision for a period of quarantine.

The training of gardeners is a function of Kew and, although most of the students are recruited in this country, some places are taken by men from other parts of the Commonwealth. Men trained at Kew continue to fill a number of posts overseas.


42 Devonshire Street, London W.1 (01-580 5728)

President: The Earl of Selkirk, PC, GCMG, GBE, AFC

Chairman of Council: Sir Esler Dening, GCMG, OBE
Hon. Secretaries: C. Rees Jenkins; S. J. Fulton, CMG; E. H. Paxton

Secretary: Miss M. FitzSimons

The Royal Central Asian Society, founded in 1901, seeks to maintain in Britain a centre for the collection and diffusion of up-to-date information concerning the culture and current affairs of the whole of Asia, and to promote friendship between the peoples of the Commonwealth and the peoples of Asia. The Society has a world-wide membership, and provides a centre in London through which information can be circulated on all aspects of life in those areas, including modern developments. The Journal includes reports on the Society's lectures, discussions and papers, and also reviews of books dealing with Asia. A library of 5,000 books, periodicals etc. is available to members.

Northumberland Avenue, London W.C.2 (01-930 6733)

Patrons: Her Majesty The Queen

H.M. Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother
Grand President: H.R.H. The Duke of Gloucester, KG

Patron of the Companions:
H.R.H. Princess Alexandra The Hon. Mrs Angus Ogilvy, GCVO
President: His Grace The Duke of Devonshire, PC, MC
Chairman of Central Council: F. H. Tate

Deputy Chairmen:
B. F. Macdona, CBE; Sir Ridgeby Foster
Secretary-General: A. S. H. Kemp, OBE

Hon. Treasurer: D. S. Whatley The Royal Commonwealth Society is the oldest of the voluntary organisations concerned with Commonwealth affairs. For one hundred and one years its object has been to promote knowledge and understanding among the peoples of the Commonwealth. Membership is open to all citizens of the Commonwealth who believe in the aims and objects of the Society. It receives no subsidy; it has no politics; its members are of all ages, and of any colour, race or creed.

The Headquarters in Northumberland Avenue provides excellent club, residential and catering facilities, and acts as a central meeting place for the 29,000 members from all parts of Britain and the world. It is also the centre of this learned Society's varied cultural and educational activities, and possesses a Library, much used for research, with a unique collection of approximately 400,000 books, pamphlets and other material on the Commonwealth. Its regular activities include lunch-time meetings, conferences, discussion groups, etc., and the issue of a bi-monthly Commonwealth Journal. Much is also done to interest the youth of today in Commonwealth affairs, in particular by study conferences and essay competitions; and there is a special section of the Society

a for those under twenty-five years of age. Through its scheme of Commonwealth Interchange Study Group Operations called CISGO, the Society arranges goodwill study visits between Commonwealth countries, of groups of specially selected young business and professional executives.

The Society has Branches and Honorary Representatives in the following overseas Commonwealth countries:



President: Colonel C. T. Mitford-Slade; Chairman: Sir Cecil Ames.

Hon. Sec.: Lt.-Col. M. Hurford-Jones, 5 Belmont, Bath. *Bristol:

President: The Rt. Worshipful The Lord Mayor of Bristol;
Chairman: Professor C. M. MacInnes, CBE
Secretary: Peter N. McWilliam, The Royal Commonwealth Society,

14 Whiteladies Road, Bristol 8 Cambridgeshire: President and Chairman: Dr E. R. Robinson

Hon. Sec. : Mrs Doreen M. Bennett, Arncliffe, Harlton, Cambridge Edinburgh: President: Lord Balerno, CBE, TD, DSC, FRSE; Chairman: Colonel

R. A. Hay

Hon. Sec.: Miss A. B. Kerr, 11 Ramsay Garden, Edinburgh 1
Hants and President: Sir Swinton Paterson, KBE, CMG; Chairman: Captain

J. E. N. Coope, R. N. (Retd.)
Hon. Sec.: Cmdr. W. R. Fenton, The Royal Commonwealth Society,

39 Christchurch Road, Bournemouth •Liverpool: President: J. D. R. T. Tilney, TD, JP, MP; Chairman: David N. Grindley

Hon. Sec.: John E. Nicholson, 1 Old Hall Street, Liverpool 3
*Branches which have buildings, premises or offices.


President: Professor Sir Harry Champion, cie; Chairman: A. D. C,

Peterson, OBE
Hon. Sec.: J. R. Stebbing, Obe, Fair Beeches, Burcot, Nr. Abingdon,


President: Colonel Sir Tufton Beamish, MC, MP; Chairman: Edward G.

Rugg, MBE
Sec. : Mrs F. E. Koens, The Royal Commonwealth Society, Boyle House.

6 Third Avenue, Hove 3

BIRMINGHAM: Brigadier N. L. Cariss, OBE, TD; NEWCASTLE: H. J. M.
Scott, MBE; BELFAST: Mrs H. W. Rodgers


Chairman: James Foster
Sec.: Mrs I. O. O'Meara, Royal Commonwealth Society, K.C.S. House,

Queensway, P.O. Box 697, Nairobi

Chairman: Chief the Hon. Sir Kofo Abayomi
Hon. Sec.: 0. Okunrinboye, Royal Commonwealth Society, P.O. Box

1535, Lagos
Bulawayo: President and Chairman: Gavin McColm

Hon. Sec.: Mrs J. E. McColm, P. Bag 52L, Bulawayo
Salisbury: Chairman: Dr W. Sheffield, OBE

Hon. Sec.: R. G. Kerswell, P.O. Box 1499, Salisbury
Port Elizabeth: President and Chairman: H. F. O'B. Reeve; Hon. Sec.: N. J. Carter,

P.O. Box 207, Port Elizabeth





J. W. Farnsworth, OBE, Addis Ababa
C. L. Carayol, Bathurst
K. B. Ayensu, Accra
R. F. Thompson, MBE, Maseru
BLANTYRE: Frederick M. Withers, MBE
CHOLA: Mrs G. D. Hayes
ZOMBA: H. W. Foot
Major Guy Desmarais
IBADAN: James Packman
KADUNA: M. I. Smaila
Douglas Bailey, OBE, Mahé
Mrs J. W. B. Chenery, Freetown
JOHANNESBURG: Mrs H. C. Rheinallt-Jones
PRETORIA: David Smith
WELKOM, O.F.S.: K. A. B. Jackson
F. W. Sutton, Mbabane
ARUSHA: Lt.-Colonel H. S. Weston, OBE
TANGA: A. L. Le Maitre, OBE
KAMPALA: Rev. K. H. Sharpe
LUANSHYA: Mrs Rene Nicklin
LUSAKA: A. F. Evans
NDOLA: H. J. Barclay




Chairman: Owen Darrell
Hon. Sec.: Mrs L. Bubenzer, P.O. Box 577, Hamilton, Bermuda
*Branches which have buildings, premises or offices.
† See Rhodesia chapter in Part V of this Year Book



Miss Jane L. Lyman


President and Chairman: Danton G. Obeyesekere

Hon. Sec.: (vacant)
STATES OF President: Tun Syed Sheh Barakbah Al-Haj, SMN, PMN, DPMK, PSD;
MALAYA Chairman: V. M. Hutson

Hon. Sec.: Inche Alexander Lee Yu Lung, c/o Skrine Co., Straits Trading

Building, 4 Leboh Pasar Besar, Kuala Lumpur

The Commonwealth Society of Singapore: Hon. Secretary, C. K. Cheng,

P.O. Box 2846, Singapore 1

HONG KONG: Hon. J. D. Clague, CBE, MC

BOMBAY: T. Parameshwar

MADRAS: J. Thomas

Major D. A. Spain, Katmandu

R. R. Lawes, ADK, AISP, Baufort
STATES OF MALAYA: W. J. Huntsman, Ipoh

AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL COUNCIL. President: Edwin Clay (South Australia)

Secretary: Miss Diana Crook
AUSTRALIAN President: B. P. Lambert

CAPITAL Hon. Sec.: Miss E. J. Dusting, The Royal Commonwealth Society,

TERRITORY (A) P.O. Box 18, Canberra
*NEW SOUTH President: Lt. Col. G. E. Colvin, CMG, DSO, ED; Chairman: William
WALES: (A) R. Northcott

Secretary: Miss Diana Crook, The Royal Commonwealth Society,

'Grevel House', 30-32 Pitt Street, Sydney
Newcastle Unit: President: G. H. Duncan; Hon. Sec.: Rev. L. C. R. Smith, Teachers'

College, Newcastle
Orange Unit: President: I. C. G. Carpenter; Hon. Sec.: Mrs I. C. G. Carpenter, 241

Lords Place, Orange
Wagga Wagga Hon. Sec.: P.O. Box 274, Wagga Wagga

NORTHERN President: W. McQueen; Hon. Sec.: Mrs R. Dodson, P.O. Box 109,

*QUEENSLAND: (A) President: R. B. McAllister, CMG, cvo; Chairman: R. Glenney

Hon. Sec.: Miss J. Schweikert, The Royal Commonwealth Society,

97 Wickham Terrace, Brisbane

President: R. M. Measday; Chairman: G. H. P. Jeffery, CMG
AUSTRALIA: (A) Hon. Sec.: Miss D. N. Hales, The Royal Commonwealth Society,

307 Angas Street, Adelaide
TASMANIA: (A) President: M. F. Chesterman

Hon. Sec.: Miss M. Watchorn, 380 Huon Road, South Hobart
*NORTHERN President: Dr Harry M. Fisher, OBE, ED

TASMANIA: (A) Hon. Sec. : Mrs Brian H. Gordon, P.O. Box 549, Launceston
Devonport Sub President: I. B. H. Cameron; Hon. Sec. : Miss S. Ponsonby, 46 Wenvoe

Street, Devonport
VICTORIA (A) President: Brigadier Sir Bernard Evans, DSO; Chairman: Colonel

F. E. Kiel, ED, PHC
Secretary: Warwick L. Roach, The Royal Commonwealth Society,

22 Queens Road, Melbourne, 3004
*Geelong Sub- President: E. A. Goding; Hon. Sec.: M. Williams, 292 Latrobe Terrace,


President: Sir Frank Ledger; Chairman: Lt.-Col. W. S. Lonnie, cbe,

Hon. Sec.: Mrs W. J. West, The Royal Commonwealth Society, 183

Roberts Road, Subiaco, Perth
* Branches which have buildings premises, or offices.

(A) Branches with autonomous status.

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