Guide to the Papers of Frederick W. Dalley (as filmed by the AJCP)



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Created: 2018

Collection Summary

Dalley, Frederick W.
Papers of Frederick W. Dalley (as filmed by the AJCP)
Date Range
1920 - 1959
Collection Number
79 items
Language of Materials
Australian Joint Copying Project
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Scope and Contents

Correspondence, memoranda, notes, cuttings and other papers relating to trade union movements in Malaya and Singapore. Correspondents include M. Buttrose, W.L. Blythe, R. Caddick, John Brazier, Alex Simpson and P.P. Narayanan.

Conditions Governing Access

Available for Access.

Conditions Governing Use

Many of the records digitised as part of the AJCP are still in copyright. Readers wishing to publish or reproduce documents should seek permission, in the first instance, from the owner of the original material.

Preferred Citation

Acknowledgement of use of this material should refer to the location of the original material and to the Australian Joint Copying Project.

Items from this collection should include references to the location of the original material and to the AJCP nla.obj number, which serves as the online identifier for the digital copy.

Example: M Series: Journal of Capt. James Cook, 18 February 1770, British Library Add. MS 27885 (AJCP ref:

Archival History

Material selectively filmed at Brynmor Jones, Hull University, as part of the Australian Joint Copying Project, 1990 (AJCP Reels: M2645-M2648). Original microfilm digitised as part of the AJCP Online Delivery Project, 2017-2020.

Existence and Location of Originals

Brynmor Jones, Hull University. Cottingham Road, Kingston Upon Hull, Humberside HU6 7RY, England.

Collection reference: DDA. For further information, see Papers of Frederick Dalley at Hull History Centre (

Existence and Location of Copies

The original AJCP microfilm of the records filmed from this collection is available at the National Library of Australia [] as well as other institutions holding AJCP microfilm.

Finding-Aid Notes

This finding aid is a revised online version of the original finding aid prepared by the Australian Joint Copying Project (AJCP), published by the National Library of Australia in 2018. The original AJCP finding aids were unpublished typescripts or photocopies available from libraries that held copies of the original microfilm.

Dates used in this finding aid refer to the date range of the records selected for filming rather than to the date range of the Series or Files.


Blythe, W.L.; Brazier, John; Buttrose, M.; Caddick, R.; Dalley, Frederick W.; Malaya; Narayanan, P.P.; Simpson, Alex; Singapore; Trade unionists


Originally cited in Australian Joint Copying Project Handbook. Part 8: Miscellaneous (M) Series. Third Edition, published 1998. Entry 122, p.45.

Biographical / Historical

Trade unionist. Co-author of Trade Unions in Malaya and Singapore (1948).

Frederick W Dalley (1885-1960?) was born in Stapleford, Nottinghamshire and attended Nottingham University. He entered the trade union movement and was originally associated with the railway trade unions, becoming editor of the Railway Service Journal and then the Transport and Salaried Staffs Association Journal. He was a member of the Labour Party National Executive and was a member of the advisory committee to the Secretary of State for the Colonies. He travelled widely on trade union and labour matters; in 1948 he and S S Awbery wrote a report for the Colonial Office. Trade Unions in Malaya and Singapore (C.O. 324) HMSO, 1948.

The Miscellaneous Collections and National Council for Civil Liberties Collection have been listed separately.

Item Descriptions

Series DDA 6. Malaya and Singapore, 1920 - 1952

3 items

Filmed selectively.

Archival History

Originally filmed on AJCP Reel M2645

Envelope, September 1920 - May 1950 (File 1)

3 items
Letter from F.W.D. to 'New Statesman' Re railwaymen. (2p.), September 1920 (Item a)
Correspondence with Kingsley Martin and Woodrow Wyatt Re Malaya and railways. (6p.), 22 June 1949 - 29 June 1949 (Item b)
Letter from Francis Thomas (Singapore) to Mrs Selwyn Clarke re training in Singapore. (3p.), 5 May 1950 (Item c)

Pamphlets, October 1946 - 1952 (File 2)

6 items
The New Malaya by E E Dodd. Fabian Pub, October 1946 (Item a)
Dilemma in Malaya, by T H Silcock. Fabian Pub, 1949 (Item b)
Political Questions of Malaya, by G L Peet. C.U.P., 1949 (Item c)
Agricultural Questions of Malaya, by E H G Dobby. C.U.P., 1949 (Item d)
The Co-operative Movement in Malaya, by Lim Tay Boh. C.U.P., 1950 (Item e)
Facing Facts in Malaya, by Gerald de Cruz. U.D.C., 1952 (Item f)

Although listed, this material was not filmed by the Australian Joint Copying Project.

5 Memoranda on trade unions and labour situation in Malaya and Singapore. (38p.), 1950 (File 3)

Series DDA 7. Malaya and Singapore, c.1946-1956

16 items

Archival History

Originally filmed on AJCP Reel M2645

Envelope containing information issued by T.U.C. & C.O. on industrial relations in Singapore. (8p.), 1955 (File 1)

Correspondence with R G D Houghton (Malayan Planting Industries Employer's Association, Kuala Lumpur) re industrial relations in Malaya. (6p.), 9 January 1955 - 14 January 1955 (File 2)

Biographical notes on ministers and prominent people in Singapore (issued by C.O?) (6p.), 1955 (File 3)

Correspondence and papers on Trade Unions Ordinance, 1940, and Trade Disputes Ordinance 1941, 1956. (24p.) (File 4)

Correspondents include: M Buttrose (Attorney General's Office, Singapore); Sng Choon Yee (Singapore).

Envelope containing material relating to trade unions and socialism in Singapore. (11p)., December 1949 - January 1956 (File 5)

Items include:

Extract from Russia by Daylight by Edward Crankshaw, being summary of an article by L P Beria in Pravda. Dec 1949. (1p.)

Notes for talk by F.W.D. at Singapore University Socialist Club.

Notes on numbers and membership of Trade Unions (in Singapore?).

Memorandum by Lim Chin Siong on methods to build up trade union movement. Jan 1956.

Model Trade Union Rules, Agenda and Standing Orders published by Trade Union Dept, Malaya. (24p.), (1946?) (File 6)

Report by S S Awbery and F W Dalley on Trade Unions in Malaya and Singapore., 1948 (File 7)

(See Bundles 10/1 and 14/1) H.M.S.O.

Although listed, this record was not filmed by the Australian Joint Copying Project.

Article. Trade Union Trends in Malaya, by F.W.D. (10p.), c.1948 (File 8)

Dilemma in Malaya, by T H Silcock. Fabian Soc., 1949 (File 9)

Although listed, this record was not filmed by the Australian Joint Copying Project.

Report of Committee of Enquiry into Curlian Employees of Service Departments in Singapore and Malaya G.P. (10p.), 1950 (File 10)

Although listed, this record was not filmed by the Australian Joint Copying Project.

War or Settlement in the Far East, by Victor Purcell. National Peace Council, 1952 (File 11)

Although listed, this record was not filmed by the Australian Joint Copying Project.

Reprint of Trades Unions Ordinance 1940 and regulations thereunder. G.P. (44p.), 1952 (File 12)

Although listed, this record was not filmed by the Australian Joint Copying Project.

Malayan Perspective, by Derrick Singleton. Fabian Soc., 1953 (File 13)

Although listed, this record was not filmed by the Australian Joint Copying Project.

Trade Unionism in Malaya, by Alex Jossy. D Moore, 1954 (File 14)

Although listed, this record was not filmed by the Australian Joint Copying Project.

Report of Chief Minister on first six months of Labour Front administration in Singapore: Let the People Know Singapore Labour Front. (13p.), 1955 (File 15)

Industrial Relations. Principles and Practices. (pub. Trade Union Adviser, Malaya) (33p.), 1955 (File 16)

Series DDA 8. Malaya, 1949

1 item

Filmed selectively.

Archival History

Originally filmed on AJCP Reel M2645

The Interplay of Chinese Secret and Political Societies in Malaya, by W L Blythe. Carbon typescript. (8p.), 1949 (File 3)

Series DDA 9. Malaya, 1948 - 1952

1 item

Archival History

Originally filmed on AJCP Reel M2645

Press cuttings re Trade Unions and Communism in Malaya. Papers include: Times, Manchester Guardian, Scotsman, 31 May 1948 - 20 August 1952 (File 1)

Includes: note on trade unions in Malaya (by D H Morris?) (c34p.)

Series DDA 10. Malaya and Singapore, 1949

1 item

Filmed selectively.

Archival History

Originally filmed on AJCP Reel M2645

Comments of Governments of Malaya and Singapore on Report, as 1, and summary of Malayan press reaction to it, 1949 (File 2)

Issued by Colonial Office. (duplicated typescript, 34p.)

Series DDA 11. Malaya, 1948 - 1955

11 items

Archival History

Originally filmed on AJCP Reel M2645

Correspondence with W L Blythe (Colonial Sec. Office, Singapore); R G D Houghton (Kuala Lumpur) and T H Silcock (Raffles College, Singapore), 1948 - 1950 (File 1)

re Trade Unions and labour conditions. (23p.)

Correspondence with R Caddick (Kuala Lumpur), 1948 - 1951 (File 2)

re Trade Unions and labour relations in Malaya. (18p.)

Letters of thanks from A Creech-Jones to F.W.D. for his work in Malaya (1 Nov 1948) and W.Indies (3 March 1949); also letter from A Lennox-Boyd (29 June 1955) (4p.) (File 3)

Correspondence with John Brazier (Kuala Lumpur), 1949 - 1953 (File 4)

re Trade Unions in Malaya and training. (31p.)

Correspondence from M S Dhoss (Ipoh) re union problems, 26 July 1948 - 15 August 1950 (File 5)

Includes: copy of Dhoss to Creech-Jones, 16 Sept 1949, re termination of his services as Assistant Trade Union Advisor. (16p.)

Correspondence with Alex Simpson (Labour Dept, Singapore) re Trade Unions and labour problems in Singapore, 1950 - 1953 (File 6)

Includes tables of pay. (42p.)

Correspondence with International Confederation of Free Trade Unions and P Sang of the Thai Labour Union re Singapore Trade Unions. (9p.), 1950 - 1951 (File 7)

Correspondence with P P Narayanan (Malayan Trade Union Council, Seremban) re Trade Unions. (7p.), 1950 - 1952 (File 8)

'Malayan workers and the Trade Unions', by Ooi Thiam Siew (Malayan Trade Union Council) (5p.), n.d (File 9)

Report and award of Arbitration Board to settle wages dispute in Rubber industry. G.P. (6p.), 8 November 1952 (File 10)

'Problems of Labour Economics in Malaya', by Charles Gamba. Free Labour World (6p.), 1953 (File 11)

Series DDA 12. Malaya and Singapore, 1949 - 1953

10 items

Archival History

Originally filmed on AJCP Reel M2645

Correspondence with N D Watson (Colonial Office), 1951 - 1953 (File 1)

re visit to Malaya; John Brazier; M Phillips (C.O.) re Trade Union and labour conditions V S Mathur (Calcutta); Tsung Tze Meng (Kuala Lumpur); Francis [Taulin?] (Kuala Lumpur) (45p.)

Memorandum on Communist penetration of labour in certain Far Eastern countries. (3p.) [carbon typescript], 1949 (File 2)

Programmes for Trade Union Training Courses in Malaya and Singapore. (8p.), 1952 (File 3)

Press cuttings on Malaya, 1952 (File 4)

Papers include: Observer, Guardian.


Draft of after-dinner speech by F.W.D. at Penang re Trade Unions. (Typescript and MS alterations, 1p.), 7 June 1952 (File 5)

Notes for speech by F.W.D. at Kuala Lumpur re unionism. (1p.), 12 June 1952 (File 6)

Report on training courses, as in File 3 above. (6p.), 1952 (File 7)

Report by F.W.D. on training courses, as in File 3 above, with script for relevant broadcast, and correspondence. (10p.), 1952 (File 8)

Envelope, 1952 (File 9)

2 items
Correspondence with Charles Gamba (University of Malaya); R G D Houghton (Kuala Lumpur) and Walter Hood re Trade Unions. (18p.), 1952 (Item (a))
Notes on Whitton Arbitration Award. (11p.), 1952 (Item (b))

Articles by Rawle Knox on rubber workers in Malaya. Press cuttings. (2p.), 1952 (File 10)

Series DDA 13. Malaya, 1952 - 1955

5 items

Archival History

Originally filmed on AJCP Reel M2645

Correspondence with J D Hodgkinson (Kuala Lumpur); John Brazier (Kuala Lumpur), 1952 - 1955 (File 1)

re training conditions in Labour Department; Nurses Union; Malaysia's future. (24p.)

Rules of Malayan Nurses Union. (28p.), 1953 (File 2)

Why we are a Trade Union. (Pub. Malayan Nurses Union) Leaflet, 1953 (File 3)

Minutes and Proceedings of the Second Annual Delegates Conference of the Malayan Nurses Union. (36p.), 1954 (File 4)

Malayan Nurses Union. Memo on case of local domiciled members. (20p.), n.d. (File 5)

Series DDA 14. Malaya and Singapore, 1946 - 1948

14 items

Archival History

Originally filmed on AJCP Reels M2646-M2647

Draft of Report (issued as C.O.234. H.M.S.O. 1948) by S S Awbery and F.W.D. on Trade Unions in Malaya and Singapore, 1948 (File 1)

(See Bundles 7/7 and 10/1) Typescript draft with MS notes and additions by F.W.D.

Includes: correspondence re corrections and ammendments.


Information from trade unions and press reports, 1946 - 1948 (File 2)

Includes: information on Trade Unions and labour conditions from Army Civil Service Union; Clerical Union; Govt and Municipal Labour Union (Singapore). (114p.)

Information from employers on labour conditions, 1948 (File 3)

Includes: Dunlop Rubber Co. (Malaya) Ltd; Singapore Harbour Board; United Engineers Ltd (Singapore); Singapore Steam Laundry Ltd. (50p.)

Housing situation. Memoranda, notes, statistics, correspondence from Singapore Improvement Trust re housing. (21p.), 1948 (File 4)

Folder, 1947 - 1948 (File 5)

11 items


Survey of immigration/labour requirements, 1947 (Item (a))
Annual Report of Labour Department, Malayan Union (Duplicated typescript), 1947 (Item (b))
Memorandum on Federation of Malaya (physical features; population; statistics on labour), 1948 (Item (c))
Information from Commissioner of Labour, R G D Houghton (Kuala Lumpur) re labour conditions and wages, 1948 (Item (d))
Extract from a reprint of a pre-war report on Indian labour in Malaya by V S Srinivasa Sastri, n.d. (Item (e))
Programme of Inaugral Meeting of Legislative Council of Federation of Malaya, 24 February 1948 (Item (f))
Report on Communists in Malayan trade Unions from Malayan Security Service, 1948 (Item (g))
Report on Force 136 and guerillas by R N Broome, 1948 (Item (h))
Information from Malayan Railway, 1947 - 1948 (Item (i))
Newspaper cutting on investigation into General Transport Co. strike ('Malay Mail'), 21 April 1948 (Item (j))
Draft of Trades Disputes Bill, 1948 (Item (k))

Annual Report of Trade Union Registry, Malayan union (Duplicated typescript, c50p.), 1946 - 1947 (File 6)

Folder, 1947 - February 1948 (File 7)

3 items


Judgement of Willan C J in High Court (Kuala Lumpur) in Wong Mook v Wong Yin and others:- dispute over strike of rubber-tappers, 1947 (Item (a))
Copy of Malay Press Summary:- visit of labour observers (Awbery and Dalley), February 1948 (Item (b))
Series of questions (to Awbery and Dalley for press interview?), n.d. (Item (c))

Information on labour (rubber and tea plantations, Port Swettenham docks, tin mines) (40p.), 1947 - 1948 (File 8)

Includes the Rules of Malayan Planting Industries Employers' Association. 1947.

Report on Trade Unionism in Malaya by Labour Dept. (19p.), 1947 - 1948 (File 9)

Miscellaneous information from Labour Dept (examples of disputes; information on social welfare and cost of living; etc.); Trade union statistics (Trade Union Advisors' Office, Kuala Lumpur) (100p.), 1948 (File 10)

Information from John Brazier on politics and Trade Union matters 1948 and Reports ('Garrett' 1 & 2) on Employers' and Workers' Associations, and Industrial and Social Unrest in Singapore (125p.), 1948; n.d. (File 11)

Information from Malayan Trades Unions 'and similar bodies' on Trade Unions and labour conditions, 1948 (File 12)

Unions include: Malayan Estate workers Union; Locomotive Enginemen's Union; Pan Malayan federation of Trade Unions; Muslim worker's Union (Penang); Marine Employee's Union; Penang Municipal Services Union; Indian Printing Employees Assoc.; Perak Rubber worker's Union; Perak Clerical Union.

(some faint duplicated typescripts, 250p.)

Information from High Commissioner (Federation of Malaya) and Governor of Singapore re setting up and progress of the enquiry; banishment of aliens. (25p.), 1948 (File 13)

Correspondence with Colonial Secretary, P A B McKerron (Singapore) re trade unions. (12p.), 1948 (File 14)

Series DDA 15. Singapore, 1948 - 1959

14 items

Archival History

Originally filmed on AJCP Reels M2647-M2648

O H Morris (Colonial Officer) inviting F.W.D. to report on industrial relations in Singapore., 3 November, 23-25 November 1955. (File 1)

F.W.D. ack.


Extract from Hong Kong Trade Unions and disputes Ordinance. (2p.), 1948 (File 2)

Envelope containing press cuttings from Singapore., n.d. (c.1951) (File 3)

Includes report of Singapore strike.

Reports on industrial unrest and government employees indebtedness to moneylenders. (5p. and 4p.), c1955 (File 4)

Information from government officials and departments re Trade union disputes. (40p.), 1955 (File 5)

Analysis of Trade Unions in Singapore (date of registration, name, occupation covered, recognition, percentage organised) (6p.), c1955 (File 6)

Papers relating to Singapore Trades Union Congress, 1952 - 1955 (File 7)

Includes: Rules and Constitution; minutes of 1st Annual Delegates Congress, 1952; correspondence, 1955. (53p.)

Colonial Office papers and communications from E W Barltrop (Labour Dept, Singapore) re labour relations and industrial disputes. (21 p.), 1955 (File 8)

Notes on visits to offices and factories; meetings with workers, 1955 - 1956 (File 9)

Includes: Major Broome (Secret Service); Ford Motor Co; British Council; Lee Kuan Yew; Straits Steamship Co; Bata Shoe Co. (61p.)

Papers on Harbour Board. (3p.), 1955 (File 10)

Correspondence with Singapore Employers Federation and other employers, including Metal Box Co of Malaya Ltd re Trade Unions. (57p.), 1955 - 1957 (File 11)

Correspondence with R N Broome; Aneurin Bevan; Sir Vincent Tewson re Lee Kuan Yew and his relationship with the communists. (12p.), 1955 - 1956 (File 12)

Report of the Committee on Minimum Standards of Livelihood. Singapore, G.P. Printed, 1957 (File 13)

Although listed, this record was not filmed by the Australian Joint Copying Project.

Newspaper cuttings from Times and Observer. (5p.), 1959 (File 14)

Series DDA 21. Articles and Notes for Lectures, 1949 - 1957

3 items

Archival History

Originally filmed on AJCP Reel M2648

Subseries DDA 21/1. Lectures by F.W.D. on Trade Unions in the Colonies - Malaya and S.E. Asia, 1949 - 1957

Rough notes, typescript lectures re Trade Unions in Malaya, British Colonies at various meetings including those held at Royal Institute of International Affairs.


Subseries DDA 21/2. Articles by F.W.D. on Trade Unionism in G.B., Malaya, The Colonies, Trinidad, September 1951

1 item
Draft and reprints of articles on Malayan and South East Asian Trade Unions. (93p.), September 1951 (File)
1 item

Filmed selectively.

F.W.D. (Welwyn Garden City) to 'Jay' re trip to Malaya, 13 September 1951 (Item)

Subseries DDA 21/5. Broadcasts by F.W.D. on Malaya and Far East. (44p.), July 1949 - October 1952

1 item

Filmed selectively.

Drafts, transcripts, correspondence, press cuttings re Malayan Trade Unions, 20 July 1949 - 7 October 1952 (File)

Includes: Article by F.W.D. Letter from Malaya. Transport and Salaried Staff Journal. July 1952. (pp.291-92)