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Sir Herbert Sloley, K.C.M.G

Nature volume 140, page 674 (16 October 1937) | Download Citation



THE death is reported from Cape Town of Sir Herbert Sloley, formerly resident commissioner of Basutoland, which took place on September 22 at the age of eighty-two years. His successful rule of the turbulent Basuto, like that of his predecessor Sir Godfrey Lagden, was based upon an intimate knowledge of Sesuto language, beliefs and customs. He was a pre-eminent example of the type to which anthropologists, Sir William Ridgeway and Sir Richard Temple, for example, were accustomed to point when urging upon the Governments of their day the advantages of a training in anthropology for the administrator of backward races in obviating the long apprenticeship, which had been a necessary foundation of their successful work.

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