Papers of John William Ferris

  • This material is held at
  • Reference
      GB 161 MSS. Ind. Ocn. s. 281
  • Dates of Creation
  • Language of Material
  • Physical Description
      1 volume, 1 box

Scope and Content

Nothing to Declare, the story of his service in theRoyal Air Force and as Executive Officer in Hong Kong, 1947-1967; SemperParatus, the story of his service in the Hong Kong Auxiliary Air Force;On the Record, a volume of Hong Kong press cuttings, etc.

Administrative / Biographical History

John William Ferris (1920-1992) joined the Royal Air Force in 1938, serving in France/Germany, the Azores, India, Malaya and Hong Kong. He was Executive Officer in the Hong Kong Government, 1947-1967. Among other interests, he served periods as Secretary to the Association of European Civil Servants, member of the Office Management Committee of the Hong Kong Management Association, and member of the Provisional Productivity Council, Hong Kong. He also served in the Hong Kong Auxiliary Air Force, 1949-1967.

Access Information

Bodleian reader's ticket required. The final chapter of Nothing to Declare has been removed at the donor's request and placed in the Oxford Colonial Archive Project's completed correspondence file until further notice.


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

Other Finding Aids

Listed as no. 681 in Manuscript Collections in Rhodes House Library Oxford,Accessions 1978-1994 (Oxford, Bodleian Library, 1996).

Conditions Governing Use

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