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Drake Collection, 1959-61

Reference Code: GBR/0115/RCS/Y3031K

Scope and Contents

A collection of programmes (of state functions and receptions of distinguished visitors) and a series of photographs taken by the Official Information Department Photographers. The photographs are all individually annotated on the back in pencil, often identifying individuals shown and have reference numbers in ink. All measure 12 x 9.2 cm, either in portrait or landscape format.


  • Creation: 1959 - 1961


Conditions Governing Access

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Biographical / Historical

Bernard L. Drake was a member of the Malayan Civil Service between 1955 and 1961, one of the last three to be recruited through the Colonial Office, who opted to stay in Malaysia for four years after independence in 1957. In his final position as Principal Assistant Secretary, Prime Minister's Department in Charge of Ceremonial and Public Functions, he worked closely with the late Stephen Kemp, Deputy Permanent Secretary and later Secretary-General of the Royal Commonwealth Society.


217 item(s) (217 images)

Language of Materials


Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

Good condition.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Presented in December 1995 by Bernard L. Drake.

Related Materials

The collection of programmes is stored at RCMS 109.


This collection level description was entered by SG using information from the original typescript catalogue.


Drake, Bernard L, fl 1955-1961, civil servant

Includes index.
2004-07-20 11:34:21+00:00
Language of description
Script of description

Repository Details

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