John Robert Dewar, CBE

John Robert Dewar, CBE

Male 1883 - 1964  (81 years)


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Several reports from the Federated Malay States Survey Department mentioning John Dewar

The information in these reports was researched and compiled by Ly Mok in Singapore and kindly provided for publication here.

Federated Malay States. Report on the Survey Department for the year 1924. - p 19


“The Surveyor-General was on leave from 19th January to 25th October. Three months of this period were spent at Wembley Exhibition assisting Mr. A. Caldecott in organizing the exhibits at the Malaya Pavilion.

Capt. C. J. Perkins acted as Surveyor-General and Mr. J. Dewar as Assistant Surveyor-General and the writer desires to record his very great appreciation of the work of these officers in carrying on the reorganization of the department.

On the return of the Surveyor-General, Mr. Dewar was appointed a Commissioner to report on the subordinate staff and in particular on the work of the Revenue Survey Offices. His report will be presented and will be dealt with during 1925.

Frequent inspections were made of the various States and settlements in the Federated Malay States and Straits Settlements by the Acting Surveyor-General and the Acting Assistant Surveyor-General. ……”

Federated Malay States. Report on the Survey Department for the year 1925. - p 23


“ The Surveyor-General was in charge of the department throughout the year.

Captain C. J. Perkins, Assistant Surveyor-General, proceeded on leave in June and was still away at the end of the year.

Mr. J. Dewar acted as Assistant Surveyor-General. His reports on the subordinate staff were presented during the year and are now being acted on. A training recess for field officers and classes for the office staff have been instituted and the examinations standardised. These reports and the consequent action on them have produced very good results, the full effect which will not be felt for some years, but it is confidently expected that the efficiency of the whole staff will be very considerably improved and that a corresponding saving of money will result.

The improvement is already so marked that the Governments of Kedah, Johore and Kelantan have asked that Mr. Dewar should be allowed to report similarly on the staffs in those States. It is pleasing to record the very cordial relations which exist with those Governments, to which this department acts in an advisory capacity. ……”

Federated Malay States. Report on the Survey Department for the year 1927. - p 19


“A report on Trengganu surveys was supplied at the request of that Government and completes the series of reports on the Survey Departments of the Unfederated Malay States. The visits made for the purpose of these reports have a two fold value—they keep officers of the head-quarters staff in touch with seconded officers and they make available to the Survey Departments of the Unfederated Malay States the developments in organisation and methods from which the improvements taking place in the Federated Malay Departments are derived. In addition, progress towards uniformity in methods throughout Malaya is progress towards efficiency. ……”

        J. DEWAR,
        15th March, 1928.
        Acting Surveyor-General, F.M.S. and S.S.

Annual Report on the Survey Departments of Malaya for the year 1937 - p 12


50. (a) The Surveyor-General, Mr. J. Dewar, proceeded on leave prior to retirement on the 30th September. He became Surveyor-General on the 5th June, 1933, and his successful administration of the department during very difficult years and his services to Government were recognized by the award of the C.B.E. in the 1938 New Year Honours.

Linked toObituary of John Dewar; John Robert Dewar, CBE

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