Papers of Robin W.I. Band

  • This material is held at
  • Reference
      GB 161 MSS. Ind. Ocn. s. 360
  • Dates of Creation
  • Language of Material
  • Physical Description
      278 ff. and items

Scope and Content

Papers of Robin W.I. Band, Malayan Civil Service, including photocopiedtypescript of The Heights and the Depths, amemoir of internment by the Japanese and work on the Burma-Siam Railway,[1971], speeches, 1949-1956, and copy of Singapore:Memorandum for Commonwealth Conference, London, September 1950.

Administrative / Biographical History

Robin W.I. Band (b 1907) was educated at the University of Aberdeen and CorpusChristi College, Oxford, taking a position as cadet in the colonial civil service in1932 and serving in Canton, 1932-1934. He achieved the rank of cl. V (civil service), assistant prot.,Chinese, 1934 and cl. IV, 1939. He took the position of district officer,Christmas Island, 1940 and rose to cl. III in 1944. He undertook militaryservice, 1942-1945. In 1946 he became deputy commissioner, labour, Penang,and [Johore?], 1947. He was made cl. II, 1948, and Deputy Secretary, EconomicAffairs, Singapore, 1949. In 1951 he gained the position of cl. IC and IB, Secretary,Social Welfare. He became Secretary to the Member for Education, Federationof Malaya, 1953, and Secretary to the Minister for Health and Social Welfare,1955.

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

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Conditions Governing Use

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

Related Material

The library holds a speech and report, 6th session of the Economic Commissionfor Asia and the Far East, 1950, as adviser, Malaya and British Borneo group,and confidential minutes as Secretary to the Minister for Health and Social Welfare, Federation ofMalaya, 1955.

Additional Information

The original of The Heights and the Depths is held at the Imperial War Museum, London.