John Ewart Marnham became British Government Representative to the West Indian Associated States in 1970. In 1967 Antigua and Barbuda, Dominica, Grenada, St Christopher and Nevis, and St Lucia, joined in 1969 by St Vincent, were given the status of Associated States and this continued until they all achieved independence between 1973 and 1983.
Marnham was based in St Lucia and had a house at Ciceron, just outside the capital Castries. He visited other Associated States, the remaining Leeward Islands and Guyana (in 1970). He was on leave late 1971 to early 1972 and though his appointment continued to 1973, probably returned to England towards the end of 1972.
The majority of this group (AA-CC) relate to St Lucia, including views of the house and grounds, and of flora and fauna. There are also transparencies of visits to other Associated States, Dominica (DD); St Vincent and the Grenadines (EE); Grenada (FF), Antigua, St Christopher [St Kitts] and Nevis and the remaining Leeward Islands which remained dependent territories, Montserrat and the British Virgin Islands (GG). A slide of a map of the West Indies precedes the geographical sequence, and is filed at the beginning of AA.