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Collection Level Description: Papers of Robert Noel Turner

Reference: GB 0162 MSS. Brit. Emp. s. 454
Title: Papers of Robert Noel Turner
Dates of Creation: [1912-1976]
Extent: 3 files

Language of Material: Eng



Administrative/Biographical History

Robert Noel Turner CMG (1912-1987) served as a cadet in the Malayan Civil Service from 1935, rising to the rank of Administrative Officer Class V in 1938. He was seconded to Brunei as Assistant Resident in 1940. From 1941-1945, during the Second World War, he was interned by the Japanese. He was seconded to Sarawak in 1946 as Assistant Secretary, then took the post of Administrative Officer Class III in Malaya 1947. In 1948 he became 1st Assistant, Malayan Establishment Office, then Colonial Secretary, Barbados in 1950. He served as Chief Secretary, North Borneo, 1956-1963 and State Secretary, Sabah, 1963-1964. He was made Chief Secretary, North Borneo in 1956 and retired in 1964.

Scope and Content

From the depths of my memory, reminiscences of service in Malaya, Brunei, Singapore, Sarawak, Barbados and Malaysia, 1912-1976 (photocopied typescript), with texts of speeches made in Barbados.

Administrative Information

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The papers were deposited at the library by Robert Turner on 3rd June 1980.

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

Access Points

Turner | Robert Noel | 1912-1987 | colonial civil servant

Great Britain | Colonies | Administration

Malaysia | History | 20th century

Sarawak | History | 20th century

Barbados | History | 20th century

Singapore | History | 20th century

Brunei | History | 20th century

Civil service | Great Britain | Colonies | Biography


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15 March 2012