As the first African new boys were settling into their second week at Peterhouse in February 1964, dramatic events were taking place thousands of miles away. Evan Campbell, Rhodesian High Commissioner in London (and a Governor of Peterhouse from 1962 to his death in 1980) handed the British government a demand for Rhodesian independence. The other component parts of the now defunct Federation were on their way to full independence, as Zambia (under Kenneth Kaunda) and Malawi (under Hastings Banda). The British Prime Minister, Sir Alec Douglas-Home (Humphrey Gibbs’s contemporary at school) was thought to be not unsympathetic to this request. But there was no political will in Britain to tackle the issue; a general election was in the offing, and indeed Campbell had already held talks with the Leader of the Opposition, Harold Wilson.
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