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Collection Level Description: Papers of the Brookes of Sarawak
Reference: MSS. Pac. s. 83
Title: Papers of the Brookes of Sarawak
Dates of Creation: [1803-1977]
Extent: 42 volumes, 18 boxes
Language of Material: English
The papers cover the whole span of Brooke rule in Sarawak, as well as looking
back to Thomas Cooke, father of Sir James, the first Rajah, and forward to the
present day. Sir James Brooke ruled Sarawak from 1841 until his death in
1868. Although he had initially planned to make his nephew, John Brooke Brooke
his heir and second Rajah, a rift developed between them over Sarawak's ability to maintain
its independence unsupported and resulted in the passing of the title to
another nephew, Charles Anthony Johnson Brooke, whose wife was the Ranee
Margaret. Charles Brooke died in 1917,
and was succeeded as third Rajah by Sir Charles Vyner Brooke. It was Sir
Charles Vyner Brooke who oversaw the cession of Sarawak to the British Crown
in 1946. His wife was the Ranee Sylvia. Until 1946 the Rajah Muda
(heir-apparent) had been Anthony Brooke, the third Rajah's nephew, who initiated
a ten-year span of correspondence with Dame Margery Perham in 1939. The Tuan
Muda (heir-presumptive) had been Bertram Brooke, father of Lady Halsey and
Lady Bryant. Lord Tanlaw, formerly Simon MacKay, was the Rajah's grandson.
A large part of the collection was deposited by Margaret Noble, a close
friend of the Brooke family, and includes her own papers.
Scope and Content
- Papers of Anthony Brooke and Lord Tanlaw, 1847-1971, including correspondence,
photographs, records of libel and civil suits, notebooks and maps
- Files relating to the history of Sarawak, 1841-1968
- Papers of Lady Halsey, mainly correspondence, 1933-1962
- Papers of Lady Bryant, mainly correspondence, 1938-1964
- Papers of Mrs. Noble, mainly correspondence, 1913-1976
- Papers of Dame Margery Perham, mainly correspondence, 1939-1962
- Printed material, including Hansard reports of debates on Sarawak and
press cuttings mainly concerning the Cession, 1913-1969
- Additional papers received from various sources, including correspondence,
cuttings and copy wills, 1803-1977
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Existence of Copies
Some parts of the collection are held on microfilm by the Brunei High Commission.
Listed as no. 82 in Manuscript Collections (Africana and non-Africana) in Rhodes House Library Oxford, Supplementary accessions to the end of
1977..., compiled by Wendy S. Byrne (Oxford, Bodleian Library, 1978). The library holds handlists for the main collection and the
two collections of supplementary papers.
Related Units of Description
- Papers of the Brooke family, c1830-1977, including papers of C.T.C. Grant, Laird of Kilgraston (ref. MSS. Pac. s. 90)
- Papers of Sir James Brooke, Rajah of Sarawak, mainly correspondence, 1841-
(ref. MSS. Pac. s. 66)
- Letters from Sir Charles Vyner Brooke to George C. Gillan, Treasurer of Sarawak, 1906-1930 (ref. MSS. Ind. Ocn. s. 119)
- Letters from Sir Charles Vyner Brooke to C.P. Lowe, 1922-1935, mainly concerning the Public Works Department in Sarawak (ref.
MSS. Ind. Ocn. s. 118)
- Letters from Sir Charles Vyner Brooke to Dr. M.P. O'Connor concerning medical and health matters in Sarawak, 1940-1941 (ref.
MSS. Pac. s. 58)
- Papers of Walter Francis de Vere Skrine, including correspondence from Sir Charles Vyner Brooke while in the service of the
Sarawak government, [1909-1928] (ref. MSS. Ind. Ocn. s. 143)
- Personal letters of Sir Charles Vyner Brooke to Frank Kortright, D.O., Sarawak and his wife, Ina Kortright, 1924-1929 (ref.
MSS. Pac. s. 74 (1))
- Diaries of Christopher William Dawson relating the cession of Sarawak by Rajah Brooke to H.M. King George VI, 1946 (ref. MSS.
Pac. r. 7, 8)
- Papers of Arthur Bartlett Ward including a letter from Sir Charles Vyner Brooke, Rajah, 1929 (ref. MSS. Pac. s. 80)
- Typescript history of Brunei, 1946, including an account of Sir James Brooke's agreement with Pengiran Muda Hashim to govern
Sarawak (ref. MSS. Pac. s. 69)
- Papers of Dame Margery Perham, 1881-1982 (ref. MSS. Perham)
The library also holds
- A letter of Anthony Brooke concerning the responsibility for Sarawak's administration, 1946
- Correspondence of Sir Charles Vyner Brooke with C. Pitt Hardacre, Government Agent, Australia regarding Sarawak, 1942
- A note on the administration of Sarawak under the Brooke regime, 1838-1939
- A file on Anthony Brooke libel, 1947-1951
- Correspondence of A.M. Hughes mainly with Anthony Brooke, concerning the cession of Sarawak, 1945-1956
- A letter to G.F. Gillan critical of the Rajah of Sarawak, 1947
The papers of Vice-Admiral Basil C.B. Brooke CB, CBE are held at the
National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London.
Japanese empire in the tropics. selected documents and
reports of the Japanese periode in Sarawak Northwest Borneo 1941-1945
edited and introduced by Ooi Keat Gin (Athens, Ohio, Center for International
Studies, Ohio University, c1998); Ten years in Sarawak
by Charles Brooke (Oxford, Singapore, Oxford University Press, 1990).
Brooke | family | Rajahs of Sarawak
Sarawak | Kings and rulers
Sarawak | History
Great Britain | Colonies | Sarawak
Perham | Margery Freda | Dame | 1895-1982 | historian
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