John Robert Dewar, CBE

John Robert Dewar, CBE

Male 1883 - 1964  (81 years)


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eMail from Ly Mok in Singapore with further information about John Dewar, and kindly provided for publication here.

eMail from Ly Mok in Singapore and kindly provided for publication here.

Hi Roger,

Glad to be of some help. Yes, please post the info. Please cite the original sources, might be helpful to other researchers. If you are adding my name, please include my email address. Thanks.

I have attached another doc with snippets of John Dewar's info. Four from the Annual Reports of the Survey Department and the last one is a letter by John Dewar from The Malayan Surveyor magazine.

There were the 'Dewar Commissions' of 1924, 1926, 1927 and 1931 (if I am not wrong). This accounts for the SG's 'directive' signed by John Dewar which you have found on the web.

In 1931, the title of Assistant Surveyor-General was changed to Deputy Surveyor-General. A new and separate Assistant Surveyor-General with lower rank than the Deputy Surveyor-General was also introduced in 1931 concurrently.

The Unfederated Malay States (before WWII) were Kedah (and Perlis), Kelantan, Trengganu and Johore. For survey purposes, Perlis was grouped with Kedah until the 1990's.

Hope this new bit of info is of some interest.



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