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Collection Level Description: Papers of David Beatty

Reference: GB 0162 MSS. Ind. Ocn. s. 286, t. 8
Title: Papers of David Beatty
Dates of Creation: [1856], 1899-1954
Extent: 3 boxes
Physical Description: The farewell address, 1926, written on silk and originally stored in a wooden box, was donated to the library in a large frame format, with degraded paper backing. The Conservation Section of the Bodleian Library undertook limited drycleaning, minor repairs, etc. in [March 1997], rehousing the item in a card box and placing a hollytex sheet against the silk to prevent abrasion when rolled. Future plans for the item's preservation include flat storage and remounting of the silk with new borders by an experienced Oriental conservator.

Language of Material: English and Chinese

Administrative/Biographical History

David Beatty (fl 1899-1952) served in Canton [1900-1904], Christmas Island [c1903-1904] and Singapore as a member of the Malayan Civil Service. He retired as Secretary for Chinese Affairs in Singapore in 1926.

Scope and Content

Letters home from Canton and Christmas Island, with related photographs, press cuttings and farewell addresses, 1899-1954; transcript of journal of his father Robert Beatty's voyage to India, 1856.

Administrative Information

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Letters home from Canton, etc., 1900-1904 and the transcript of the India voyage, 1856 were donated to the library by Beatty's daughter, Miss D. Beatty on c21st February 1985


Miss D. Beatty donated the following items

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Bodleian reader's ticket required.

Reproduction Restrictions

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

Existence of Copies

Copies of various photographs, etc. are held by the Christmas Island Natural History Association.

Further Information

Finding Aids

Listed as no. 662 in Manuscript Collections in Rhodes House Library Oxford, Accessions 1978-1994 (Oxford, Bodleian Library, 1996).

Access Points

Beatty | David | fl 1899-1952 | colonial civil servant

Beatty | Robert | fl 1856

Great Britain | Colonies | Administration

Singapore | History | 20th century

Guangzhou (China) | History | 20th century

Kiribati | History | 20th century

Malaysia | History | 20th century

Hong Kong | Description and travel | Views

Guangzhou (China) | Description and travel | Views

Macau (China) | Description and travel | Views

Mauritius | Description and travel

Ocean travel | Personal narratives

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09 February 2012