Papers of Frank Brewer

  • This material is held at
  • Reference
      GB 161 MSS. Ind. Ocn. s. 306
  • Dates of Creation
  • Language of Material
      English, and Chinese.
  • Physical Description
      3 boxes

Scope and Content

Joint Wages Commission Report of the Federation of Malaya and Singapore, 1948,with related papers on labour regulation and statistical information; Chinesepapers relating to the Malayan emergency, 1948-1949; notes on Malayan politicalparties, 1954; lectures and articles on Malayan Chinese; speeches and pamphletsgiven to Brewer by Dato Sir Cheng-lock Tan; invitations and programmes for independencecelebrations and other events, 1953-1959.

Administrative / Biographical History

Frank Brewer (1915-1987) worked in the Malayan Civil Service, 1937-1959,including as Secretary for Chinese Affairs and Deputy Chief Secretary, Federation of Malaya, 1955-1957 and Secretary for Defence, 1957-1959. He servedin the Special Forces during the Second World War, 1941-1945 and was held as aprisoner of war on Sumatra. From 1960 to 1976 he worked at the Foreign andCommonwealth Office. He was awarded the CMG in 1960 and the OBE in 1953. In 1950 hemarried Eileen Marian Shepherd.

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Collection level description created by Paul Davidson, Bodleian Library of Commonwealth and African Studies at Rhodes House.

Other Finding Aids

Listed as no. 671 in Manuscript Collections in Rhodes House Library Oxford,Accessions 1978-1994 (Oxford, Bodleian Library, 1996).

Conditions Governing Use

No reproduction or publication of personal papers without permission. Contact the library in the first instance.

Related Material

Papers of C.H.F. Blake concerning his service as Secretary of the Perak StateWar Executive Committee during the Malayan emergency, [1948-1960] (ref. MSS.Ind. Ocn. s. 276).