Catalogue description Colonial Office and Commonwealth Office: Far Eastern Department and successors: Registered Files (FED Series)
|Title:||Colonial Office and Commonwealth Office: Far Eastern Department and successors: Registered Files (FED Series)|
This series contains records of the Far Eastern Department relating to British colonial possessions in Far East Asia, covering Malaya, the Malay Federation and Malaysia, Singapore, Brunei, North Borneo, Hong Kong and Sarawak, and its successors dealing with Hong Kong only. Amongst the wide variety of subjects covered are social, economic and constitutional development, the Malay Emergency, refugees, education and immigration policy.
For later correspondence relating to Hong Kong see FCO 40
|Held by:||The National Archives, Kew|
|Former reference in its original department:||FED file series|
|Legal status:||Public Record(s)|
Colonial Office, Defence, Intelligence and Hong Kong Department, 1963-1965
Colonial Office, Far Eastern Department, 1954-1963
Colonial Office, Hong Kong and West Indian Department 'C', 1965-1966
Commonwealth Office, Hong Kong and West Indian Department 'C', 1966-1967
|Physical description:||1753 file(s)|
|Access conditions:||Subject to 30 year closure unless otherwise stated|
|Immediate source of acquisition:||
From 2001 Foreign and Commonwealth Office
|Accruals:||Series is accruing|
|Administrative / biographical background:||
The Far Eastern Department of the Colonial Office was established in 1954 by merging the South East Asia Department and the parts of the Hong Kong and Pacific Department that dealt with Hong Kong. The new department initially handled business relating to Hong Kong, the Colombo Plan, remaining war claims in the region, the work of the Commissioner-General for the United Kingdom in South East Asia and residual business relating to the Federation of Malaya, Singapore, Sarawak, North Borneo and Brunei. Following the formation of the Federation of Malaysia in 1963, the Far Eastern Department was abolished. Business relating to Hong Kong passed to the Defence, Intelligence and Hong Kong Department, which continued to utilise the existing FED file series for work relating to Hong Kong.
A further reorganisation in 1965 saw the creation of the Hong Kong and West Indian Department 'C', dealing with matters relating to Hong Kong and British Honduras, and this arrangement continued after the formation of the Commonwealth Office until a separate Hong Kong Department was created in 1967.
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