Bodleian Library logo

Department of Special Collections
Contact Information
Search All Online Catalogues

Collection Level Description: Papers of Robin W.I. Band

Reference: GB 0162 MSS. Ind. Ocn. s. 360
Title: Papers of Robin W.I. Band
Dates of Creation: 1949-1971
Extent: 278 ff. and items

Language of Material: English



Administrative/Biographical History

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.

Scope and Content

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.

Administrative Information

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The papers were donated to the library by Band on 25th June 1993.

Access Conditions

Bodleian reader's ticket required.

Reproduction Restrictions

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

The original of The Heights and the Depths is held at the Imperial War Museum, London.

Further Information

Finding Aids

The library holds a card index of all manuscript collections in its reading room.

Related Units of Description

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.

Access Points

Band | Robin W.I. | b 1907 | colonial civil servant

World War, 1939-1945 | Prisons and prisoners, Japanese

Burma-Siam railroad

Race relations | Malaysia

Public health | Malaysia

Education | Malaysia

Singapore | History | Japanese occupation

Malaysia | History | Malayan Emergency, 1948-1960


Transformation from XML to HTML by Lawrence Mielniczuk
08 February 2012