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Sir Arthur Robert Adams

(1861-1937), Colonial administrator

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Sir Arthur Robert Adams, by Walter Stoneman - NPG x67291

Sir Arthur Robert Adams

by Walter Stoneman
whole-plate film negative, 1921
NPG x67291

Sir Arthur Robert Adams, by Walter Stoneman - NPG x67292

Sir Arthur Robert Adams

by Walter Stoneman
whole-plate glass negative, 1921
NPG x67292

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Joe Whitlock Blundell

26 December 2021, 17:23

Captain Hugh Adams, the eldest of Sir Arthur's sons, married my great-aunt Elizabeth (Ella) Heim in March 1923. Hugh had been in the Indian army. Together they went out to Malaya to set up an ice works, but he died in July the same year. I'd be very grateful if any member of the family can provide any further information about Hugh – his War service, for instance – and/or a photo.

John Philip Adams, Great Grand-son

31 August 2020, 10:27

Interesting to read others' comments. Sir Arthur Robert Adams was my father's (Colin Robert Adams) grandfather. They are great photographs and I now have one of them hanging proudly on my office wall.

John Adams

11 June 2020, 14:05

My brother, Bruce Adams, was going through old family items and found a hand written letter from our mother Olive Georgina Adams saying 'Bruce this is your father's great uncle' and this was accompanied with type written information regarding Sir Arthur Robert Adams. My mother had always said we had a relation who was a governor of Malaya and it appears to be true. Our father was Frank Ernest Ross Adams (1910-1975). Most of her notes (which I think might have been produced from the funeral notice in Swanage as they are so similar) repeats what his grandaughter Sally has produced but it does mention he marrried Hilda Isabel in 1891 and who died in 1907. So we are trying to establish his identity on the family tree. He certainly seemed to have a wonderful busy life!

Sally Elizabeth Wilson nee Adams , Grand-daughter

13 August 2018, 05:02

Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire
Born 13th December 1861 in Swanage Died 3rd April 1937
Educated at The Abbey and Foster’s Schools, Sherborne
A keen Freemason as was his father before him
Admitted to the Bar in England April 1884
Admitted to the Straits Settlement Bar in 1887 -
The Federated Malay States Bar 1898-
The Johor Bar 1917
From 1891 and subsequent years was the Municipal Commissioner at Penang
1899-1919 Commandant of the Penang Volunteers
1915-1918 was Lieut. Colonel commanding troops in Penang
First President of the Association of Malaya 1918-1919
Fellow of the Royal Colonial Institute
Unofficial Member of the Legislative Council Straits Settlements 1907 -1919
Senior Unofficial Member 1915-1919
Vice-President of the Association of Malaya 1918-1919
On several occasions acted as Solicitor-General for the Colony
Fellow of the Royal Colonial Institute
Back in England he served as a Magistrate & Legal advisor
Vice-Chairman of the Urban District Council
President of the Conservative Party
Secretary Isle of Purbeck Club
President Swanage Bowling Club
President Swanage Male Voice Party
Chorister at St Mary’s Church, Swanage
First President of Swanage Chamber of Trade & Vice-President R.N.L.I
* The above taken from the funeral notice in the local paper Swanage.