Photographs and letters from Robert Porter Bingham

Scope and Content

Letters from Robert Porter Bingham to his parents as a Malay Civil Service cadet, and later, during service in Malaya (1926-1927, 1931-1950); with an album of photographs relating to a tour of Penang Island made by Bingham as Resident Commissioner (1957). Reproduced typescript.

Administrative / Biographical History

Robert Porter Bingham (1903-1982) entered the Civil Service in Malaya in 1926. He was appointed Chinese Protector of Singapore in 1928 and in 1931, after a short period working as a District Officer on Christmas Island, he worked in Malaya as Assistant Protector (later Protector) of Chinese.

After the Second World War, during which he was interned in Singapore (1942-1945), Bingham held the posts of Commissioner for Labour, Singapore (1946-1950); Secretary for Chinese Affairs, Federation of Malaya (1950-1951); and Resident Commissioner, Penang (1952-1958). He was awarded the CMG in 1956.

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

Administrative/Biographical History compiled with reference to Who Was Whoand A Biographical Dictionary of the British Colonial Service 1939-1966 by A.H.M. Kirk-Greene (1991).

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The library holds a card index of all manuscript collections in its reading room.

Listed as no. 664 in Manuscript Collections in Rhodes House Library Oxford, Accessions 1978-1994 (Oxford, Bodleian Library, 1996).

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