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Collection Level Description: Papers of John Hamer

Reference: GB 0162 MSS. Ind. Ocn. s. 316
Title: Papers of John Hamer
Dates of Creation: [1905-1957]
Extent: 2 boxes, 1 portfolio

Language of Material: Eng May Chi



Administrative/Biographical History

John Hamer (1910-1990) was educated at the University of Leeds. His war service was varied, ranging from work with the Free French to Combined Operations, and culminated in his appointment as Controller of Supplies, Singapore in 1945. After the war he joined the Malayan Civil Service, first as District Officer in Jasin and Klang and later as British Adviser in Perlis (1956). On Malayan independence he became Deputy Chairman of the Malayan Federation's Rural Industrial Development Authority, moving to the Ministry of Agriculture in 1958. He served as State Secretary, Penang, 1958-1961. He held the position of Secretary, Royal Horticultural Society, 1962-1975 and was awarded the MBE. In 1940 he married Marjorie Agnes Martin, with whom he had one son and one daughter. She died in 1970, and in 1980 he married Joan Edith MacKinley, who died herself in 1988.

Scope and Content

Papers relating to British administration of Perlis, Malaya and relations with the Rajas, 1915-1957; some early agreements with Siam regarding loans and suzerainty, 1905-1909; papers relating to Communist infiltration and organised criminal activities, 193-?.

Administrative Information

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The papers were donated to the library by the Hamer family in April 1990.

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. 690 in Manuscript Collections in Rhodes House Library Oxford, Accessions 1978-1994 (Oxford, Bodleian Library, 1996). A handlist is also available in the library reading room.

Access Points

Hamer | John | 1910-1990 | colonial civil servant

Malaysia | History | 20th century

Thailand | History | 20th century

Great Britain | Colonies | Administration

Communism | Malaysia | History

Organized crime | Malaysia | History


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22 February 2012