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Collection Level Description: Papers of Desmond William G. Faris, [1931-1946]

Reference: GB 0162 MSS. Ind. Ocn. s. 135
Title: Papers of Desmond William G. Faris, [1931-1946]
Dates of Creation: [1931-1946]
Extent: 1 file

Language of Material: English



Administrative/Biographical History

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.

Scope and Content

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].

Administrative Information

Immediate Source of Acquisition

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.

Further Information

Finding Aids

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).

Access Points

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


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