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Papers of Robin W.I. Band

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MSS. Ind. Ocn. s. 360

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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, [1971], speeches, 1949-1956, and copy of Singapore: Memorandum for Commonwealth Conference, London, September 1950.


  • 1949-1971


278 ff. and items

Language of Materials

  • English

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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.

Related Materials

The library holds a speech and report, 6th session of the Economic Commission for Asia and the Far East, 1950, as adviser, Malaya and British Borneo group, and confidential minutes as Secretary to the Minister for Health and Social Welfare, Federation of Malaya, 1955.
Papers of Robin W.I. Band
Paul Davidson
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Repository Details

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Weston Library
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