Papers of Sir William Allmond C. Goode

Scope and Content

Reports, speeches, etc. concerning North Borneo, [1954-1963]; correspondence,official papers, etc. concerning the Federation of Malaysia, [1961-1963];articles, tributes and lectures, 1963-1978; interview notes and transcripts,etc., 1969-1985; correspondence, 1964-1986.

Administrative / Biographical History

Sir William Allmond Codrington Goode (1907-1986) joined the Malayan CivilService in 1931, studying law in his spare time. He was admitted to the Barby Gray's Inn in 1936. From 1936 to 1939 he served as District Officer, Rauband was appointed Assistant Commissioner for Civil Defence, Singapore in 1940.After the colony's capitulation in 1942, he was taken prisoner by the Japaneseand sent to work in Siam on the Burma railway. He remained in Malaya after thewar, and in 1948 became Deputy Economic Secretary to the Federation. In 1949he was posted to Aden as Chief Secretary, where he also acted as Governor,1950-1951. He returned to Singapore as Chief Secretary in 1953 and became thecolony's last British Governor in 1957. In 1959 he became Yang di-PertuanNegara of the State of Singapore and UK High Commissioner. From 1960 to 1963 hewas Governor and Commander-in-Chief, North Borneo. He was made GCMG on hisretirement in 1963. In 1938 he married Mary Harding. She died in 1947 and threeyears later he married Ena McLaren.

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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. 687 in Manuscript Collections in Rhodes House Library Oxford,Accessions 1978-1994 (Oxford, Bodleian Library, 1996). A handlist is also available in the library reading room.

Conditions Governing Use

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

Custodial History

The donation was accompanied by printed material which was subsequentlyremoved and added to the library's own printed stock.

Related Material

Transcript and tapes of an interview concerning service in Malaya, Aden,Singapore and North Borneo, 1931-1963 (ref. MSS. Ind. Ocn. s. 225);End of Empire transcripts, 1985 (ref. MSS. Brit.Emp. s. 527).