Papers of Graham and Olive Peet

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Shelfmark(s): MS. 12514
Title: Papers of Graham and Olive Peet
Dates of Creation: 1988-1998
Extent: 1 box
Language(s) of Material: English


Olive Peet was born in Bath in 1925. She trained as a bacteriologist at Edinburgh University, married Stephen Peet and went to Southern Africa in 1948 where he had been offered a job as an officer in the Central African Film Unit. She there raised her four children, John, Graham, Susan and Michael.

On returning to the UK in 1956 Olive Peet became a teacher in North London. She maintained contact with friends in Southern Africa and was asked by one to undertake the work for the International Defence and Aid Fund for Southern Africa. She died in Northampton in 2016.

Graham Peet was born in Southern Rhodesia in 1951, returning to the UK with his family in 1956. He trained as a designer at Hornsey School of Art.

Scope and Content

In 1988 Graham Peet and his mother, Olive, were approached to assist the dependants of political prisoners and detainees in South Africa and Namibia. Unknown to them at the time, the approach was from the International Defence and Aid Fund for Southern Africa (IDAF) which had been banned in South Africa since 1966. They were asked to write to certain families or individuals every few months, sending money by postal order. They wrote, using the pen names Robert Wilson and Elizabeth Wilson, until April 1991 when, with the lifting of restictions in South Africa, IDAF wound down its operations and the South African Council of Churches took on its work.

The papers include:

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by Graham Peet in April 2017.

Preferred Form of Citation

Oxford, Bodleian Library, MS. 12514

Access Point(s)
International Defence and Aid Fund for Southern Africa. (IDAF).

Peet | Graham | b. 1951 | designer

Peet | Olive | 1925-2016 | teacher

20th century

South Africa -- Politics and government -- 20th century

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