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Professor Mary Turnbull

Professor Mary Turnbull (1927-2008) was a teacher and friend to many of independent Malaya’s first generation of administrators. One of only two women ever to serve in the Malayan Civil Service, she wrote the first rigorous history of the Straits Settlements and the definitive history of Singapore. She joined the University of Malaya in 1955 and later became Head of the History Faculty at the University of Hong Kong. In later life she was very active in promoting Southeast Asian studies at the University of Oxford. Her books and papers have been donated to Project Southeast Asia and will serve as the foundation stone for the Project’s library and archival collection.