Papers of Robert Frederick Mole

Scope and Content

Reports, minutes, memoranda, etc. on economic development, Sarawak, 1946-1953, with Governor's addresses to the Council Negri (the Legislative Council),1951-1953. Handing-over notes relating to service in Sarawak and Kenya,1949-1959; press cuttings on events in Kenya, 1955-1963; memorandum by SirCharles Mortimer on the history of land alienation and the policy of reservationof the Kenya Highlands for Europeans, with other papers on land in Kenya,1935-1958.

Administrative / Biographical History

Robert Frederick Mole (fl 1914-1988) was appointed to the Burma Civil Servicein 1937, rising to the rank of Assistant Commissioner in 1938 and DeputyCommissioner in 1945, after a period of war service, 1943-1945. He entered the Colonial Administrative Service in 1947, becoming Principal Assistant Secretary,Sarawak, 1948 and Secretary for Defence, 1949. In 1955 he took the post ofAssistant Secretary, Labour and Lands, Kenya. He served as Under-Secretary,Kenyan Government Service, 1957-1963.

Access Information

Bodleian reader's ticket required.


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

Other Finding Aids

Listed as no. 717 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.


Press cuttings on events in Kenya, 1955-1963 were donated by Mole in August 1988.

Related Material

The Temple-Bells are calling, typescriptmemoirs of the last years of British rule in Burma, held by the BodleianLibrary (ref. (B) MS. Eng. hist. c. 1044).