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for sale - ospa's 'coloniana' book collection

In preparation for our closure later this year we have put together a list of all the books on our shelves, numbering around 200.  Regrettably we have to part with our collection and shall be selling these books at £5 for a hardback or £3 for a paperback, plus postage & packing.  The books vary in size considerably, so if you see a book on the list which you are interested in purchasing then do call or email us on and we can let you know how much the postage & packing will be.

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the Overseas Pensioner

This in-house journal (ISSN 2041-2363) is published twice a year, in April and October, and is free to members.  Apart from news about Overseas Service pension topics, information about meetings, OSPA conferences, and activities of related interest groups, it contains articles, memoirs, book reviews, and research enquiries relating to Colonial Service life and times.  Also members’ obituary lists and notices.  It was first produced as a Newsletter in May 1961.  Since 1999 it has been published with a full colour cover, inside and out.  Copies of the journal are deposited in four of the five statutory deposit libraries, namely the Bodleian Library at Oxford University, Cambridge University Library, the National Library of Scotland and the National Library of Wales.  They are also sent to libraries at Edinburgh University Library, the Institute of Commonwealth Studies, SOAS, House of Commons Library, House of Lords Library, The British Library.

Non-members may buy copies (postage free): £5.00 Britain and Europe; £6.00 airmail ROW. 

Copy deadlines for advertisements, announcements, articles and reviews etc. are end of February for the April number and end of August for the October number.  Advertisement rates on request to The Editor, c/o OSPA (tel: 01732 363836).


A complete list of all articles published in the Overseas Pensioner since 1981 is available to view by clicking on the buttons below.  The list is classified by author and also by territory/area.

Books on Colonial Topics

Since 1965 the OSPA journal has carried reviews of books on colonial topics of interest to members. They now number over 600.  Click below to see the book review list classified by author and by territory/area:

OSPA - I Remember It Well - Book

OSPA’s own book 

I Remember it Well: Fifty Years of Colonial Service Personal Reminiscences (ISBN 978 190677 518 6)

OSPA’s Golden Jubilee in 2010 was marked by the publication of a book I Remember it Well edited by OSPA’s Secretary, David Le Breton.  Over seventy contributions make up this collection of memoirs from members who served the Crown in colonial territories around the globe both before and after World War II. They write about their personal lives, their first tour, travel, work and leisure activities.

Life in the Colonial Service was varied, sometimes dangerous, often hilarious but never dull.  An important record of the lives of many professionals in the colonies.

The book is now out of print but copies may be obtainable through book dealers.

OSPA Research Project Occasional papers & Witness Seminars and conferences: Transcripts


Administering Empire: an annotated checklist of personal memoirs and related studies, compiled by Terry Barringer was published by the Institute of Commonwealth Studies, School of Advanced Study, University of London in 2004. It was one of the outcomes of the OSPA Research Project at the Institute.

That print version contained 489 entries covering the British Colonial Service in the twentieth century, concentrating on memoirs, biographies and autobiographies but also including some general studies. Comparative material on the Sudan and on the colonial services of France and other European powers was also included.

The years since 2004 have seen a continuing flow of publications which have been logged in this database, last updated in February 2016, which now contains in excess of 800 entries.
The compiler would be pleased to receive new additions and corrections.