Papers of Robin W.I. Band
MSS. Ind. Ocn. s. 360
Papers of Robin W.I. Band, Malayan Civil Service, including photocopied typescript of The Heights and the Depths, a memoir of internment by the Japanese and work on the Burma-Siam Railway, , speeches, 1949-1956, and copy of Singapore: Memorandum for Commonwealth Conference, London, September 1950.
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MSS. Ind. Ocn. s. 360
Collection ID (for staff)
CMD ID 586
Biographical / Historical
Robin W.I. Band (b 1907) was educated at the University of Aberdeen and Corpus Christi College, Oxford, taking a position as cadet in the colonial civil service in 1932 and serving in Canton, 1932-1934. He achieved the rank of cl. V (civil service), assistant prot., Chinese, 1934 and cl. IV, 1939. He took the position of district officer, Christmas Island, 1940 and rose to cl. III in 1944. He undertook military service, 1942-1945. In 1946 he became deputy commissioner, labour, Penang, and [Johore?], 1947. He was made cl. II, 1948, and Deputy Secretary, Economic Affairs, Singapore, 1949. In 1951 he gained the position of cl. IC and IB, Secretary, Social Welfare. He became Secretary to the Member for Education, Federation of Malaya, 1953, and Secretary to the Minister for Health and Social Welfare, 1955.
Other Finding Aids
The library holds a card index of all manuscript collections in its reading room.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
The papers were donated to the library by Band on 25th June 1993.
Existence and Location of Originals
The original of The Heights and the Depths is held at the Imperial War Museum, London.
- 20th century
- Band | Robin W.I. | b 1907 | colonial civil servant
- Burma-Siam railroad
- Education -- Malaysia
- Malaysia -- History -- Malayan Emergency, 1948-1960
- Public health -- Malaysia
- Race relations -- Malaysia
- Singapore -- History -- Japanese occupation
- World War, 1939-1945 -- Prisons and prisoners, Japanese
- Papers of Robin W.I. Band
- Paul Davidson
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