Papers of John Hamer

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

Papers relating to British administration of Perlis, Malaya and relationswith the Rajas, 1915-1957; some early agreements with Siam regarding loans andsuzerainty, 1905-1909; papers relating to Communist infiltration and organisedcriminal activities, 193-?.

Administrative / Biographical History

John Hamer (1910-1990) was educated at the University of Leeds. His war servicewas varied, ranging from work with the Free French to Combined Operations, andculminated in his appointment as Controller of Supplies, Singapore in 1945. Afterthe war he joined the Malayan Civil Service, first as District Officer inJasin and Klang and later as British Adviser in Perlis (1956). On Malayanindependence he became Deputy Chairman of the Malayan Federation's RuralIndustrial Development Authority, moving to the Ministry of Agriculture in 1958.He served as State Secretary, Penang, 1958-1961. He held the position of Secretary, Royal Horticultural Society, 1962-1975 and was awarded the MBE.In 1940 he married Marjorie Agnes Martin, with whom he had one son and one daughter.She died in 1970, and in 1980 he married Joan Edith MacKinley, who died herselfin 1988.

Conditions Governing Access

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. 690 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.