MALAYA

[ British in Malaya ]Correspondence of Major Richard Anthony Burnett with his wife Angela (née Buckler), during his tour of duty in Malaya, 1950-1951, with family papers, 1915-1963

Author: 
[British in Malaya, 1950-1; sexual anthropology]
Publication details: 
1950-1 & 1915-1963
£400.00

Major Richard Anthony Burnett (1918-1998), the son of Colonel R. P. Burnett, D.S.O., M.C., began his army career in 1938 by joining his father's regiment, the York and Lancaster, with which he served in Crete during the Second World War. In the period covered by this correspondence (1950-1951) he was on a tour of duty in the Far East, serving in the 2nd Battalion, The Malay Regiment. He had previously (in 1948) married Angela Buckler, elder daughter of Captain C. C. Buckler, M.Inst.C.E., late R.M.E., and with her fathered a daughter, Anyta.

[Chinese Miners] Testimonial, in English, in the form of a printed poster, presented to Robinson on the occasion of his retirement as Senior Inspector of Mines, F.M.S., with list of names.

Author: 
'The Chinese Miners of the F.M.S. [Federated Malay States]' [Charles Ingle Robinson, Senior Inspector of Mines, F.M.S.; Malaysia; Malaya]
Publication details: 
'IPOH 11th MAY, 1933.' ['Printed at the Kuang Ming Press, Ipoh. [Malaya]']
£85.00

Printed in blue on one side of a piece of white paper roughly 60 x 40 cm. Good: lightly-aged and creased. The text is enclosed within an ornate decorative border, and is headed 'Charles Ingle Robinson Esqr., | B. Sc. (Lond.), Associate R. S. M., | M. I. C. E., M. I. M. M., | Senior Inspector of Mines, F. M. S.' This is followed by nineteen lines, expressing 'deep regret and genuine sorrow' at his 'departure for Europe on retirement'.

[Frank Butterworth] Typed Letter Signed to Robert Lynd, journalist and author.

Author: 
Frank N. Butterworth (1875-1952), author, pseud. 'Peter Blundell', specialising in tales of Malaya.
Publication details: 
1937.
£45.00

TLS, on letterhead of Dacres, Quantock Rod, Weston-super-Mare; 19 April 1937, 3pp., 4to, good condition. Long paranoid letter, bitterly attacking 'seaside towns', and Weston-super-Mare in particular, as 'run by councillors of the Tammany Hall type, interested in the sale of "drink" and all the various things that go with it'.

[Robert Cole.] Around 260 Autograph Letters Signed to his parents in England, describing his life while working in the Malay Fisheries Department; with 20 letters from his wife Cicely to Rosalind Cole.

Author: 
Robert Cole of the Department of Fisheries, Federation of Malaya [Penang, Malacca)
Publication details: 
Mostly written from Penang and Malacca in the Malay Federation. Dating from between 1952 and 1967.
£600.00

The archive contains around 280 letters, two packets and negatives, various postcards, brochures and a driving licence. It contains around 260 letters from Robert Cole to his parents in Littlehampton, Sussex, England during the time he took up a Government position with the Federation of Malaya Fisheries Department in 1952 (Penang and Malacca, where he worked, remained Crown Territories within the Federation); and about 20 letters from his wife Cicely to Rosalind Cole.

[Printed pamphlet.] Federation of Malaya. The Evidence Ordinance of the Federation of Malaya. F. of M. No. 11 of 1950. With Index. Compiled by S. Kula Singam, M.B.E., First Legal Assistant, Attorney-General's Chambers, Kuala Lumpur.

Author: 
S. Kula Singam, M.B.E., First Legal Assistant, Attorney-General's Chambers, Kuala Lumpur, Malaya. [Malaysia]
Publication details: 
Kuala Lumpur: Printed at the Government Press by H. T. Ross, Government Printer. 1951.
£250.00

[1] + vii + 84pp., 8vo. In grey printed wraps. Very good, with rusting from staples. Singam's 'subject-matter Index' covers pp.63-84. Scarce: the only copies on OCLC WorldCat and COPAC at the British Library, Lousiana State University Law Library, and Singapore. From the private papers of C. A. A. Nicol (1921-2012), OBE, CPM, AMN, who was a 'Member of a joint FCO/MOD department in Hong Kong' between 1970 and 1975.

[Mimeograph or similar] Notes on the family law and usages and on the criminal code of the Chinese

Author: 
George Thompson Hare, Civil Service, Straits Settlement and Federated Malay States
Publication details: 
Kuala Lumpur: Printed at the Selangor Government Printing Office, 1904 ["300/5-04"]
£250.00

40pp., folio, not bound (ribbon holds it together), minor staining, mainly good condiition. No other copy traced (viaLibri, COPAC, OCLC) except for one at the LSE (decribed as a "xerox").

Typed Letter Signed from an Englishman named 'Mac' in Singapore to his friend and business associate 'Dane' in England, describing the post-war situation there ('a hell of a mess') and 'a very adventurous trip' to Bajau.

Author: 
[Malayan Rubber Trading Co., Ltd; Malaysia; Gan Chong Bin; Singapore]
Malayan Rubber Trading Co., Ltd
Publication details: 
Malayan Rubber Trading Co. Ltd, P.O. Box 396, Singapore; 7 June 1946.
£180.00
Malayan Rubber Trading Co., Ltd

Folio, 1 p. 70 lines. Text clear and complete. Fair, on aged and creased paper. Signed 'Mac', with 'Duplicate' in the same hand at head of page. He had 'a lousy trip, a dry ship, eight to a two berth cabin and only one step - Port Said. And what a disappointment when I stepped ashore at Singapore.

Typed Letter Signed from Sir Charles Prestwood Lucas, on behalf of the Secretary of State for the Colonies Joseph Chamberlain, to W. P. Meldrum 'on the subject of the appointment of District Surgeon in the Federated Malay States'.

Author: 
Sir Charles Prestwood Lucas (1853-1931), KCB, KCMG, Welsh civil servant, head of the Dominion Department, and Principal of the Working Men's College [Joseph Chamberlain; Federated Malay States]
Typed Letter Signed from Sir Charles Prestwood Lucas
Publication details: 
15 October 1901; from Downing Street, on letterhead of the Under Secretary of State, Colonial Office, London.
£56.00
Typed Letter Signed from Sir Charles Prestwood Lucas

Folio, 2 pp. Thirty-three lines in eight numbered paragraphs. Text clear and complete. Fair, on aged and worn paper, with pinholes at head of both leaves. The first page with mourning border for Queen Victoria. Responding to a letter to Chamberlain written four days previously, and giving details of the appointment (pension, furniture, horse allowance).

[Chinese Miners] Testimonial, in English, in the form of a printed poster, presented to Robinson on the occasion of his retirement as Senior Inspector of Mines, F.M.S., with list of names.

Author: 
The Chinese Miners of the F.M.S. [Federated Malay States]' [Charles Ingle Robinson, Senior Inspector of Mines, F.M.S.; Malaysia; Malaya]
Publication details: 
IPOH 11th MAY, 1933.' ['Printed at the Kuang Ming Press, Ipoh. [Malaya]']
£85.00

Printed in blue on one side of a piece of white paper roughly 60 x 40 cm. Good: lightly-aged and creased. The text is enclosed within an ornate decorative border, and is headed 'Charles Ingle Robinson Esqr., | B. Sc. (Lond.), Associate R. S. M., | M. I. C. E., M. I. M. M., | Senior Inspector of Mines, F. M. S.' This is followed by nineteen lines, expressing 'deep regret and genuine sorrow' at his 'departure for Europe on retirement'.

Six maps and plans.

Author: 
Java; Malaya; Malaysia; Indonesia; Semarang; Sumatra
Publication details: 
Circa 1940s.
£135.00

All six items aged, but in reasonable condition overall. ITEM ONE: Cloth (British army?) map, roughly thirty-six inches by twenty-three wide, in colours, of 'SIAM (THAILAND) (EXTREME SOUTH) MALAYA (F.M.S.) SUMATRA (CENTRAL), with 'SIAM (THAILAND) (PART OF) SUMATRA (NORTH)' on reverse. With pin holes in corner borders (not affecting map). ITEM TWO: Dutch cloth-backed map, roughly twenty-two inches by thirty-five, in colours (Lith: G. Kolff & Co. Batavia'), for the 'Java Motor Club', of 'MIDDEN [middle] JAVA'. With a little damp staining to reverse.

Two Typed Letters Signed to [G. K. Menzies,] Secretary, Royal Society of Arts, together with unsigned carbon copy of 'Extract from a letter to Major Furse from Dr. A. C. Haddon, dated 15th December, 1925.'

Author: 
Sir Gerard Edward James Gent [ALFRED CORT HADDON; MALAYA]
Publication details: 
LETTER ONE: 31 December 1925, on embossed Colonial Office letterhead. LETTER TWO: 13 January 1926, on embossed Colonial Office ('NATIONAL SCHEME FOR DISABLED MEN') letterhead.
£106.00

British colonial administrator (1895-1948), High Commissioner for the Federation of Malaya. One letter docketed and both bearing R.S.A. stamp. Both signed 'G E. J. Gent'. LETTER ONE (one page, quarto): Ormsby Gore has had forwarded to him a letter received by one of the Secretaries of State's Private Secretaries 'from Dr. A. C. Haddon, [Alfred Cort Haddon, 1855-1940; DNB] a Reader in Anthropology at Cambridge University', and thinks the R.S.A. may be interested in Haddon's proposal. This is outlined in the carbon copy (one page, folio): 'Prof. A. R.

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