Martin, William, (Chief Police Officer - Civilian, b.1902 - d.1981)

Accession Number PR03067
Collection type Private Record
Record type Collection
Measurement 3 wallets: 3 cm
Object type Letters, Postcard, Records, Newspaper cutting, Souvenir
Maker Martin, William
Place made Australia, Borneo: Brunei Bay Area, Brunei
Date made 1941-1945
Access Open
Conflict Second World War, 1939-1945
Copying Provisions Copying permitted subject to physical condition

Collection relating to William Martin who served in the British police force in Malaya, Penang and Malacca, and was Chief Police Officer in Brunei when captured by the Japanese in 1941. Martin was held in Kuching (aka Batu Lintang) prisoner of war camp from December 1941 until September 1945. Collection includes: correspondence with his wife Jean (September 1945); newspaper cuttings; stamps; two issues of Table Tops newssheet from September 1945; a copy of 'Lintang Camp: official documents and papers collected from the records of the civilian internment camp (No. 1 camp) at Lintang, Kuching, Sarawak, during the years 1942-1943-1944-1945 / collected and edited by John Beville Archer, MSS'; a written statement by William Martin detailing his mistreatment in Kuching Camp.

History / Summary

Papers of William Martin who was Chief Police Officer in Brunei when interned by the Japanese during the Second World War. Martin was held in Kuching prison of war camp from December 1941-September 1945. His papers comprise correspondence with his wife Jean, September 1945, newspaper cuttings, stamps and a book of official documents and papers collected from the Lintang prisoner of war camp, 1942-1945. Martin's letters to Jean Martin detail the pyschological impact of his imprisonment and his reluctance to return immediately to Australia. Following his release Martin also wrote a number of letters to government officials regarding the treatment of interned civil servants in relation to pensions and salaries, 1945.