This collection consists of a small file of correspondence and 45 photographs. These photographs record the secret operation that Bloxam was involved with to destroy the oilfields in Borneo before the Japanese advance in WW2. He also wrote 3 letters to his mother describing the event and his subsequent journey from Borneo to Singapore and on to Australia.
This catalogue was produced with the support of the National Cataloguing Grants Programme for Archives.
Tom Bloxam worked for Shell in Borneo from 1939-1942 as an oil field engineer. He was involved in a secret operation to destroy the oil fields in the face of the Japanese advance. Bloxam returned to Borneo in 1948, and in later years, worked at the Wytch Farm oil field in Dorset, England.
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