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Kelley/Pim Collection, 1936 - 1996

Reference Code: GBR/0115/RCS/RCMS 103/15/21

Scope and Contents

From the Series:

This section includes archives received at a later date from Hugh Bryson and some items acquired directly by the Royal Commonwealth Society.


  • Creation: 1936 - 1996


Conditions Governing Access

From the Fonds:

Due to the fragile state of many of these papers, users must consult microfilm copies where available.

Biographical / Historical

Wallace Kelley served with the Sarawak Police, and married Doreen, a trained dancer, at Kuching. Their son John was born in 1931. During the Second World War, they were evacuated from Kuching when the Japanese invaded in December 1941. Kelley served as a major with the Royal Marines in Ceylon, before being posted to Hong Kong to debrief liberated Allied POWs. Doreen Kelley spent the war in Australia. The couple divorced at the end of the war. Doreen married J.W. Pim (1914-98) who had worked in Sarawak before the Japanese invasion, and had escaped through Java to Australia. The Pims returned to Malaya, where he worked as a civil engineer and she taught dance, helping to persuade the Royal Academy of Dancing to send examiners to Malaya.


1 archive box(es) (1 box) : metal/paper

Language of Materials


Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by John Wallace Dawson Kelley in 1998-99.



Finding aid date

2015-10-30 09:34:59+00:00

Includes index.

Repository Details

Part of the Cambridge University Library Repository

Cambridge University Library
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Cambridge CB3 9DR United Kingdom