Papers of Desmond William G. Faris
Papers relating to Changi and Sime Road internment camps, Malaya, [1942-1945], including personal papers, statistics, plans, and material on various diseases, medical facilities, sanitation, etc.; , [1946-1956].
Language of Materials
Oxford, Bodleian Libraries [followed by shelfmark and folio or page reference, e.g. MSS. Ind. Ocn. s. 307].
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MSS. Ind. Ocn. s. 307
Collection ID (for staff)
CMD ID 1789
Biographical / Historical
Desmond William George Faris (1901-1957), colonial medical officer, was Clinical Assistant to Outpatients at the London Hospital from 1924, before taking a post as a Medical Officer in Malaya, 1926. By 1935 he was Acting Senior Health Officer in Penang and moved to a similar position in Singapore in 1937, where he was engaged in anti-malarial work. When Singapore fell to the Japanese in 1942 he became Chief Medical and Health Officer for the civilian internment camps, shortly afterwards taking specific responsibility for Public Health. Some time after the end of the Second World War he became Director of Medical Services for the Malayan Union and by 1956 he was Dean of the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Malaya.
Other Finding Aids
Listed as no. 680 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.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
The papers were donated to the library in 1987.
- Papers of Desmond William G. Faris, [1942-1956]
- Paul Davidson
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