Sir Charles Hepburn Johnston



Johnston was a Foreign Office diplomat for most of his life (and a prolific author) having served in Japan, Spain and Jordan. This last post was thought to prepare him somewhat for the unconventional transition to the colonial service. He would be the last governor of Aden in its own right. He helped to merge the colony of Aden into the Federation of South Arabia. The idea was to promote the constitutional arrangement of this colony but still keeping a British military presence in the area. So long as he was there (1960-63) this line was maintained, with some difficulty but on the whole with success, as he related in The View from Steamer Point (1964).


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