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.
File of medical papers, 1931-1946, including Selangor Coast district annual report, 1931, accrued while Health Officer; reports on the working of the Government Health Department, Singapore, 1941-1945; reports on the hospital and nutrition at civilian internment camp, [1942-1945].
The papers were donated to the library by Dr. Faris's widow, through Dr. R.A. Pallister, in 1967.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.
Listed as no. 188 in Manuscript Collections (excluding Africana) in Rhodes House Library Oxford, compiled by Louis B. Frewer (Oxford, Bodleian Library, 1970). A handlist is also available in the library reading room.Related Units of Description
Papers relating to Changi and Sime Road internment camps, Malaya, [1942-1945], including material on various diseases, medical facilities, sanitation, statistics, plans, etc.; personal papers, [1946-1956] (ref. MSS. Ind. Ocn. s. 307).
Faris | Desmond William George | 1901-1957 | Dr. | colonial health administrator
World War, 1939-1945 | Malaysia
Malaysia | History | 20th century
Public Health | Malaysia | Malaya | History
Singapore | History | 20th century
Public Health | Singapore | History