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Nicholl, Robert -, b.1910, Dublin; a gentleman of many parts – monk, priest, army chaplain, intelligent officer, historiab, museum curator, linguist, expert on ecclestical architecture, horseman, jazz musician, essayist, short-story writer, wit, amateur dramatist. Educated at Strrawberry Hill and then at Trinity College Dublin, he opted for a monastic career, 1929-1936. He took his degree and advanced Master of Arts (1936-1939) at St. Benet’s Hall in Oxford. Appointed a chaplain to the forces in 1939, he resigned his commission in 1944, but was restored to the priesthood 50 years later. After a time attached to the Army intelligence service in Singapore, he spent 41 years as an education officer in Borneo, first in Sarawak (1946-1969) and then in Borneo (1970-1987).
1947. A brief survey of education in Sarawak. (unpublished)
1950. The Kuching regatta. Sarawak Gazette 1103:36-8
1959a. Author within: ( a review of World Within by Tom Harrisson). Sarawak Gaz 1215:97
1959b. The forgotten division: (the Fifth Division). Sarawak Gaz 1214:68-9
1960. Three wise men: (a review of The Three White Rajahs by Sir Steven Runciman). SG 1233:240-1
1962a. The romance of head-hunting: script of a talk received from Radio Sarawak and broadcasted on BBC Radio in Woman’s Hour 14 Feb 1963 and as “Voices and views: the romance of head-hunting” in Home for the Day 17 March 1963. BBC Written Archives Centre, Reading
1962b. Bedtime story. The wonder worker. SG 1253:153-4
1973. Odoric of Pordenone: a fourteenth century visitor to Borneo. BMJ 3(1):62-5
1976. The sixteenth century cartography of Borneo. BMJ 3(4):96-126
1978. Ibn Batuta and Borneo. BMJ 4(2):34-45
1980. A mediaeval cartography of Borneo. BMJ 4(4):180-218
1983. Review of The Name of Brooke: The End of White Rajah Rule in Sarawak, by RHW Reece. BMJ 5(3):235-7
1983(ed). Dutch relations with Borneo in the seventeenth century; written by Dijk, LC van and translated by Rev J Heuschen. BMJ 5(3):61-80

Nicholl, Robert. 1949. Awakeing: (on the Iban). Sarawak Gazette 1101:336-7
1962. Farmer’s boy: (Iban education). SG 1258:269
1963. Revival: ( a review of The Sea Dayaks and Other Races of Sarawak edited by AJN Richards. SG 1268:253

Nicholl, Robert. 1972. The Mission of Father Ventimiglia to Borneo. BMJ 2(5):183-205
1985. Review of West Kalimantan: A Bibliography by Jan Ave, Victor King and Joke de Wit. BMJ 6(1):189

Nicholl, Robert. 1970. Mr. Robert Nicholl. Seri Berunai: Annual magazine of the Sultan Omar Saifuddin College
1970s-1987. Sources for the history of Brunei: v 1 (10 pts): to AD 1515; v 2 (9 pts): AD 1515-1690. Brynmor Jones Library, Univ Hull Ms DX/199
1975a. European sources for the history of the Sultanate of Brunei in the sixteenth century. Brunei Mus J Special edn no 9
1975b. Notes on the early toponymy of Brunei. BMJ 3(3):123-30
1977 (ed). Relations between Brunei and Manila, A.D. 1682-1690. BMJ 4(1):128-76
1978. Brunei and camphor.BMJ 4(3):52-74
1980a. Brunei rediscovered: A survey of early times. In Int Assoc Historians Asia 8th Con, 1980, K Lumpur. Repr 1980 BMJ 4(4):219-37 and 1983 J Southeast Asian Studies 14(1):32-45
1980b. Notes on some controversial issues in Brunei history. Archipel 19:25-41
1982. The Sribuza of Captain Buzurg. BMJ 1982:1-11
1983a. The letter of Bras Bayao. BMJ 1983:51-60
1983b. Sources for the history of Brunei (volume one; unpublished manuscript in ten ringbound parts: preface dated “Bandar Seri Begawan, April 1983”; Brynmor Jones Library, Univ Hull, Ms DX199/1)
1984(ed)a. Relations of the East India Company with Borneo (Brunei), the Sulu Archipelago, Mindanao, etc; written by Dijk, LC van and translated by Rev J Heuschen. BMJ 5(4):6-34
1984b.The tomb of Maharaja Karna at Nanking. BMJ 5(4):35-45
1984c. A note on P’o-ni and its location. BMJ 1984:4-5
1984d. The letter of William Midwinter. BMJ 1984:46-52
1985. Myth and legend in Brunei history. Brunei Mus J 6(1):32-41
1986a. A note on Brunei mosque. BMJ 6(2):44-6
1986b. The quest for Iabadiou. BMJ 1986:36-43
(nd). The missing Sultans, a problem of Brunei chronology
1987. Sources for the history of Brunei (volume two; unpublished manuscript in nine ringbound parts: preface dated “Brunei 1987”; Brynmor Jones Library, Univ Hull, Ms DX199/2)
1988. Advocate anonymous: ( review of) Report on Brunei in 1904 by M.S.H. McArthur; edited by AVM Horton. BMJ 6(4):133-7
1989a. The age of vicissitude: Brunei 1225-1425. BMJ 7(1):7-21
1989b. Some problems of Brunei chronology. J Southeast Asian Studies 20(2):175-95
1989c. Obituary: Edward Banks. BMJ 1989:71
1990. A study in the origins of Brunei. BMJ 7(2):20-31
1991. Raja Bongsu of Sulu: A Brunei hero in his times. Malaysian Branch, Royal Asiatic Soc Monograph no 19

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