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Collection Level Description: Papers of Robert Frederick Mole

Reference: GB 0162 MSS. Brit Emp. s. 455
Title: Papers of Robert Frederick Mole
Dates of Creation: 1935-1963
Extent: 1 box

Language of Material: English

Administrative/Biographical History

Robert Frederick Mole (fl 1914-1988) was appointed to the Burma Civil Service in 1937, rising to the rank of Assistant Commissioner in 1938 and Deputy Commissioner in 1945, after a period of war service, 1943-1945. He entered the Colonial Administrative Service in 1947, becoming Principal Assistant Secretary, Sarawak, 1948 and Secretary for Defence, 1949. In 1955 he took the post of Assistant Secretary, Labour and Lands, Kenya. He served as Under-Secretary, Kenyan Government Service, 1957-1963.

Scope and Content

Reports, minutes, memoranda, etc. on economic development, Sarawak, 1946-1953, with Governor's addresses to the Council Negri (the Legislative Council), 1951-1953. Handing-over notes relating to service in Sarawak and Kenya, 1949-1959; press cuttings on events in Kenya, 1955-1963; memorandum by Sir Charles Mortimer on the history of land alienation and the policy of reservation of the Kenya Highlands for Europeans, with other papers on land in Kenya, 1935-1958.

Administrative Information

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The papers were donated to the library by Robert Frederick Mole on 10th August 1967.


Press cuttings on events in Kenya, 1955-1963 were donated by Mole in August 1988.

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. 717 in Manuscript Collections in Rhodes House Library Oxford, Accessions 1978-1994 (Oxford, Bodleian Library, 1996).

Related Units of Description

The Temple-Bells are calling, typescript memoirs of the last years of British rule in Burma, held by the Bodleian Library (ref. (B) MS. Eng. hist. c. 1044).

Access Points

Mole | Robert Frederick | fl 1914-1988 | colonial civil servant

Great Britain | Colonies | Administration

Sarawak | History | 20th century

Kenya | History | 1895-1963

Kenya | History | Mau Mau Emergency, 1952-1960

Kenya Highlands (Kenya)

Land grants | Kenya

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29 February 2012