Papers of Ivan Lloyd Phillips

Scope and Content

Letters written home while on service in theGold Coast, Palestine, Cyprus and Malaya, 1934-1959, with related appointment diaries, photographs, letters and papers, 1931-1984.

Administrative / Biographical History

Ivan Lloyd Phillips (1910-1984) started work in the Colonial Administrative Service in 1934, when he was posted to the Gold Coast, first as a cadet and later as Assistant District Commissioner. He then served in Palestine, 1938-1947, as Assistant and Acting District Commissioner. He was in the King David Hotel, Jerusalem when the bomb planted by Jewish terrorists exploded on 22nd July 1946, though he escaped unhurt. He was posted to the Colonial Office, 1947-1948, then to Cyprus, 1948-1951, where he served in the Secretariat and as a District Commissioner. From 1951 to 1953, he worked in Singapore, as Assistant Secretary in the Office of the Commissioner-General for South East Asia, then as Secretary to the Minister for Home Affairs and finally to the Minister for the Interior, Malaya, 1953-1962.After his retirement, he became Secretary of the Oxford Preservation Trust, 1962-1965, and was Assistant Director of the Institute of Commonwealth Studies, Oxford University, 1965-1970. He was awarded the CBE in 1963 and the Order of the Defence of the Realm, Malaysia in 1959. In 1941 he married Faith Macleay, with whom he had one son.

Access Information

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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. 592 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.


The appointment diaries, photographs, letters and papers, 1931-1984, weredonated to the library by Mrs. Lloyd Phillips in June 1984 and added to the collection.

Related Material

Tapes and transcripts of interviews with Malcolm John MacDonald, conducted by Ivan Lloyd Phillips and others, 1970-1974, relating to his service as Secretary of State for Dominion Affairs and for the Colonies, 1935-1940, and later in Kenya and Malaya (ref. MSS. Brit. Emp. s. 533). A French map ofCyprus, 1862, donated by Ivan Lloyd Phillips in May 1965, is held by the Bodleian Library.