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Collection Level Description: Photographs and letters from Robert Porter Bingham

Reference: GB 0162 MSS.Ind.Ocn.s.270
Title: Photographs and letters from Robert Porter Bingham
Dates of Creation: 1926-1957
Extent: 101 ff., 1 album
Name of Creator: Robert Porter Bingham

Language of Material: English



Administrative/Biographical History

Robert Porter Bingham (1903-1982) entered the Civil Service in Malaya in 1926. He was appointed Chinese Protector of Singapore in 1928 and in 1931, after a short period working as a District Officer on Christmas Island, he worked in Malaya as Assistant Protector (later Protector) of Chinese.

After the Second World War, during which he was interned in Singapore (1942-1945), Bingham held the posts of Commissioner for Labour, Singapore (1946-1950); Secretary for Chinese Affairs, Federation of Malaya (1950-1951); and Resident Commissioner, Penang (1952-1958). He was awarded the CMG in 1956.

Scope and Content

Letters from Robert Porter Bingham to his parents as a Malay Civil Service cadet, and later, during service in Malaya (1926-1927, 1931-1950); with an album of photographs relating to a tour of Penang Island made by Bingham as Resident Commissioner (1957). Reproduced typescript.

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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.

Further Information

Finding Aids

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

Listed as no. 664 in Manuscript Collections in Rhodes House Library Oxford, Accessions 1978-1994 (Oxford, Bodleian Library, 1996).

Access Points

Bingham | Robert Porter | 1903-1982 | civil servant in Malaya

Civil service | Malaya

Malaya | Officials and employees


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