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John William Ferris (1920-1992) joined the Royal Air Force in 1938, serving in France/Germany, the Azores, India, Malaya and Hong Kong. He was Executive Officer in the Hong Kong Government, 1947-1967. Among other interests, he served periods as Secretary to the Association of European Civil Servants, member of the Office Management Committee of the Hong Kong Management Association, and member of the Provisional Productivity Council, Hong Kong. He also served in the Hong Kong Auxiliary Air Force, 1949-1967.
Nothing to Declare, the story of his service in the Royal Air Force and as Executive Officer in Hong Kong, 1947-1967; Semper Paratus, the story of his service in the Hong Kong Auxiliary Air Force; On the Record, a volume of Hong Kong press cuttings, etc.
The papers were donated to the library by Ferris through the Oxford Colonial Archive Project.Access Conditions
Bodleian reader's ticket required. The final chapter of Nothing to Declare has been removed at the donor's request and placed in the Oxford Colonial Archive Project's completed correspondence file until further notice.Reproduction Restrictions
No reproduction or publication of personal papers without permission. Contact the library in the first instance.
Listed as no. 681 in Manuscript Collections in Rhodes House Library Oxford, Accessions 1978-1994 (Oxford, Bodleian Library, 1996).
Ferris | John William | 1920-1992 | airman and colonial administrator
Great Britain | Colonies | Administration
Hong Kong (China) | History | 20th century
Great Britain. Royal Air Force | Far East Air Force | History
Great Britain. Royal Air Force | Biography
Malaysia | History | 20th century
Royal Hong Kong Auxiliary Air Force