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Lord Ogmore Papers
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12 Merton Avenue, Chiswick

Original file of letters, statements and notes, mainly relating to the purchase of 12 Merton Avenue, Chiswick, by Gwilym R. Rees-Williams (Oct. 1967), and the mortgage with the Property Owners Building Society.


Original file comprising Colonial Office memoranda by D. R. Rees-Williams, under-secretary of state for the colonies, on his visits to East Africa [Uganda, Tanganyika, Kenya and Zanzibar], May 1948, and West Africa [Nigeria, Gold Coast and Sierra Leone], Sept. 1948; also an unattributed and undated plan for the control of the tsetse fly in East Africa.


Typescript autobiography entitled 'The flourishing vine : memoirs of Lord Ogmore'.


Original file of letters, 1947-1960, notes, newspaper cuttings etc. relating to Burmese affairs, particularly the conferral of the Agga Maha Thray Sithu, the highest Burmese order, on Lord Mountbatten, Lord Ogmore and Sir Hubert Rance, 1956, and the writing of Lord Ogmore's and others' recollections of the last days of British rule in Burma, 1969-1970. Also includes copies of the report of the Frontier Area Committee of Enquiry, 1947 (2 copies), and the treaty between the government of the UK and the provisional government of Burma, 1947.

Cabinet Office papers

Carbon copies of D. R. Rees-Williams's memoranda, including matters relating to British Guiana, Burma, China, Croydon, Falkland Islands, the Gold Coast, Hong Kong, Malaya, Mauritius, Nigeria, Northern Rhodesia, Nyasaland, Palestine, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Tanganyika and Uganda.


Certificates etc. of David Rees Williams, comprising Law Society final examination certificate, 1929; admission as a solicitor of the Supreme Court, 1929; writ of summons to Parliament as Lord Ogmore, 1950; notification of having been sworn Minister of Civil Aviation, 1951; notification of having been sworn a privy counsellor, 1951; letter from Maung Kyin of the Burmese Embassy of the conferment of the title of Agga Maha Thray Sithu on Lord Ogmore, 1956; and an appreciation from the organising committee of the VI British Empire & Commonwealth Games in Wales, 1958.


Original file of letters received and copy letters sent, mainly 1965-1976, mainly relating to House of Lords business.


Original file of letters and draft and copy replies, mainly 1961-1966, mainly relating to Malaysia, including with Tunku Abdul Rahman Putra, prime minister, but also relating to Gold Coast, Malta, Nigeria and Uganda.


Original file of miscellaneous correspendence and papers, mainly relating to the Common Market Campaign preparatory committee, 1961; the Declaration of Atlantic Unity statement of interdependence, 1966-1969; and from Markus Wonggor Kaisiepo relating to Indonesia's takeover of West Irian, 1967-1968. Also papers of the third annual conference of the NATO Parliamentarians' conference, 11-16 Nov. 1957, comprising Lord Ogmore's chairman's address to the Political Committee meeting, 11 May, and a verbatim account of the first session, 12 May (am); a typescript draft of 'Economic aids to progress' by Lord Ogmore, c.Sept. 1961; an unattributed 'Memorandum on the Arab refugees' from an Israeli point of view, c.1967; and Jeremy Thorpe MP's address to the Anglo-Israel Chamber of Commerce, Jan. 1975.


Original file of personal and political letters, mainly 1971-1976, including from academics and students researching pre- and post-war Malaya. Also includes letters relating to Nigeria and Biafra, 1967-1968, the future custody of Ogmore's papers, 1972-1975, and a Christmas card list, 1973.

Correspondence and papers relating to Devolution in Wales, 1967-75,

Correspondence and papers relating to Devolution in Wales, 1967-75, including papers concerning the Liberal Party's Government of Wales Bill, 1967. Included are letters from: Emlyn Hooson, Lord Longford, Lord Merthyr, Cledwyn Hughes, Enid Lakeman, Jeremy Thorpe, Mary Murphy, David Parry-Jones, Rhys Gerran Lloyd and Colonel Lionel V Evans.

Correspondence and papers relating to Welsh Affairs, 1957-70,

Correspondence and papers relating to Welsh Affairs, 1957-70, including letters from: Lord Howick of Glendale, Brian Curvis, Henry Brooke, Sir Cennydd Traherne, Sir Godfrey Llewellyn, William Crawshay, J Idwal Jones MP, Lord Aberdare, Aneirin Talfan Davies, David Prosser and Jac L Williams.

Correspondence and papers,

Correspondence and papers, 1970-4, including letters from Jeremy Thorpe MP, Rhys Gerran Lloyd, Emlyn Hooson MP and Geraint Howells.

Correspondence and papers, 1962-64,

Correspondence and papers, 1962-64, including letters from: Emlyn Hooson MP, Jo Grimond MP, Enid Lakeman (Electoral Reform Society), Frank [Lord] Byers, Lord Dilhorne, Basil Wigoder, Patrick Kemmis and Mark Bonham Carter.

Correspondence and papers, 1966-70,

Correspondence and papers, 1966-70, including letters from: Emlyn Hooson MP, Jeremy Thorpe MP, Jennie Gibbs, Michael Meadowcroft, Lord Byers, Mary Murphy, Jo Grimond MP, Lord Rea, Rhys Gerran Lloyd, Edward Davies, Martin Thomas, Pratap Chitnis and Elfyn Lloyd Morris.

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