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ROBERTS, Michael W (fl 1965-2001)

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0101 ICS 65
Held at: Institute of Commonwealth Studies
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Full title: ROBERTS, Michael W (fl 1965-2001)
Date(s): 1965-1966
Level of description: Collection (Fonds)
Extent: 2 files
Name of creator(s): Roberts | Michael W | fl 1965-2001 | historian
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Administrative/Biographical history:

Michael Roberts is a Sri Lankan Australian whose secondary and university education was undertaken in Sri Lanka where he graduated with honours in History at the University of Peradeniya before proceeding to Oxford on a Rhodes Scholarship. Completing his doctorate on British agrarian policies in 19th century Ceylon, he taught at the Department of History, University of Peradeniya from 1966 to 1975. He has been teaching at the Department of Anthropology, University of Adelaide since 1977 and has held a position of Reader since 1984.


Scope and content/abstract:

Transcripts of interviews with various individuals, and questionnaires, on colonial administration in Ceylon, from research by Michael W Roberts; interviewees include Sir Hilary Blood, R N Bond, Edward Trevor Dyson, G H Ferguson, Sir Franklin Gimson, F Leach, R B Naish, T W Roberts, Walter Terence Stace, F G Stevens, A N Strong, C E Tilney, W N Williams and Leonard Woolf.

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Conditions governing access:

Open although advance notice should be given. Access to individual items may be restricted under the Data Protection Act or the Freedom of Information Act.

Conditions governing reproduction:

A photocopying service is available, at the discretion of the Library staff. Copies are supplied solely for research or private study. Requests to publish, or to quote from, original material should be submitted to the Information Resources Manager.

Finding aids:

List available in the ICS Library

Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Souce of acquisition by ICS not known.

Allied Materials

Related material:

The ICS has several other collections relating to administration in Ceylon, including J R Granville Bantock (ICS 27); Edward Trevor Dyson (ICS 16) John Ferguson (ICS 86); M K T Sandys (ICS 71) and T W Roberts (ICS 66).

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Publication note:

Description Notes

Archivist's note:
Compiled by Alan Kucia as part of the RSLP AIM25 Project.

Rules or conventions:
General International Standard Archival Description ISAD(G), 2nd edition, 2000. National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997.

Date(s) of descriptions:
Oct 2001

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