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Charles Archibald Vlieland and the fall of Malaya, 1969

Reference Code: GBR/0115/RCS/RCMS 103/15/4/3

Scope and Contents

A collection of correspondence between Hugh Bryson and C. A. Vlieland discussing the reasons for the defeat in Malaya. The file includes a copy of Vlieland’s article ‘Singapore: the legend and the facts’, ‘Daily telegraph’, 10 Feb. 1967 and his comments on Noel Barber’s ‘Sinister twilight: the fall and rise again of Singapore’ (1968). The file contains a paper by Brigadier Ivan Simson discussing Vlieland’s views. It also preserves correspondence between Bryson, A. H. Dickinson and Charles Corry (29 sheets).


  • Creation: 1969


Conditions Governing Access

For conservation reasons, this collection must be read on Cambridge Digital Library or Master Microfilm Reel 8329.

Biographical / Historical

Charles Archibald Vlieland joined the Malayan Civil Service in 1915. After occupying junior posts he was Superintendent of Census, Malaya, 1930-1932; Economy Officer, Federated Malay States and Straits Settlements; Under Secretary, Straits Settlements and Financial Commissioner and Auditor General, Johor. He served as Secretary for Defence, Malaya, until Dec. 1940, when he resigned his position.


1 file(s) (1 file) : paper

Language of Materials


Former / Other Reference

Simson File 3


Vlieland, Charles Archibald

Finding aid date

2012-07-31 16:37:51+00:00

Includes index.

Repository Details

Part of the Cambridge University Library Repository

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