Bertram, Neville Rennie, 1909-1974, civil servant

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Bertram, Neville Rennie, 1909-1974, civil servant

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1909-1974

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Neville Rennie Bertram was born on 13 March 1909, near Pokwani in South Africa (then part of the Crown colony of British Bechuanaland). He was the son of Charles Fuller Bertram (1869-1945) and Grace Nichol Wainwright (1885-1970). Neville Bertram was educated at Chaplin High School, Gweru (fomerly Gwelo), Zimbabwe, and Witwatersrand University, South Africa, and gained a Senior Beit Scholarship and Beit University Scholarship. He married Eve Cook (b. 1911) in 1935. He began his career in the Southern Rhodesia Treasury, 1926-47, where he was Estimates Clerk in the Department of Finance. He worked in the Department of Internal Affairs, 1947-48 and was Assistant Secretary to the Treasury, 1948-49. In 1948 he attended the Commonwealth Conference with Sir Godfrey Huggins (later Lord Malvern), acting as Huggins' adviser. He was subsequently Secretary for Trade and Industrial Development in the government of Southern Rhodesia and Secretary to the Ministry of Commerce and Industry in the government of the Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland. He was awarded the MBE in 1941 and the CMG in ?1959. After retirement, he was a director of companies, had various industrial interests and was President of Salisbury Chamber of Industries. He was part of pressure groups opposed to the Ian Smith administration and UDI, including the Forum, which he was instrumental in founding and which sought to sway public opinion in favour of a return to the 'Tiger' talks between the UK and Rhodesia. He and his wife later settled in Oxfordshire, England, where he died on 20 July 20 1974.

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ISAAR(CPF): International Standard Archival Authority Record for Corporate Bodies, Persons and Families, International Council on Archives (2nd edition, 2003); Rules for the construction of personal, place and corporate names, National Council on Archives (1997).

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