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Papers of W.J. Watts

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MSS. Ind. Ocn. s. 320

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Notes, reports and memoranda collected as Secretary for Chinese Affairs, Kedah, 1950s, dealing with the history and functions of the Department of Chinese Affairs, Malaya, Sino-Malay relations and Chinese secret societies from 1879 to 1957.


  • 1950s


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  • English

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MSS. Ind. Ocn. s. 320

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CMD ID 4820

Biographical / Historical

William John Watts (fl 1923-1991) entered the Overseas Civil Service in 1947 and was posted to Malaya. He was Secretary for Chinese Affairs for the state of Kedah in the early 1950s, District Officer for Jelebu, 1954-1955, and Deputy Secretary, Ministry of the Interior and Justice, Federation of Malaya until 1959. He then entered H.M. Diplomatic Service, serving in the Far East and in Kenya until his retirement in 1981.

Other Finding Aids

Listed as no. 740 in Manuscript Collections in Rhodes House Library Oxford, Accessions 1978-1994 (Oxford, Bodleian Library, 1996). A handlist is available in the library reading room.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The papers were deposited at the library by William John Watts on extended loan in June 1966.
Papers of W.J. Watts
Paul Davidson
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Repository Details

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Weston Library
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Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom