Papers of Desmond William G. Faris

Scope and Content

File of medical papers, 1931-1946, including Selangor Coast district annualreport, 1931, accrued while Health Officer; reports on the working of the GovernmentHealth Department, Singapore, 1941-1945; reports on the hospital and nutrition atcivilian internment camp, [1942-1945].

Administrative / Biographical History

Desmond William George Faris (1901-c1967), colonial medical officer, was ClinicalAssistant to Outpatients at the London Hospital from 1924, before taking a postas a Medical Officer in Malaya, 1926. By 1935 he was Acting Senior HealthOfficer in Penang and moved to a similar position in Singapore in 1937, wherehe was engaged in anti-malarial work. When Singapore fell to the Japanese in1942 he became Chief Medical and Health Officer for the civilian internmentcamps, shortly afterwards taking specific responsibility for Public Health. Some time afterthe end of the Second World War he became Director of Medical Services for the MalayanUnion and by 1956 he was Dean of the Faculty of Medicine at the University ofMalaya.

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. 188 in Manuscript Collections(excluding Africana) in Rhodes House Library Oxford, compiledby Louis B. Frewer (Oxford, Bodleian Library, 1970). 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.

Related Material

Papers relating to Changi and Sime Road internment camps, Malaya, [1942-1945],including material on various diseases, medical facilities, sanitation,statistics, plans, etc.; personal papers, [1946-1956] (ref. MSS. Ind. Ocn. s. 307).