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The following article appeared in the Times newspaper, published in London on 3 February 1986.


Mr Archie Glenister, CBE, who died recently aged 95 had a long and distinguished career in the tin mining industry.

After eduction at a private school, he entered the Camborne School of Mines, where he obtained his colours for rugby, soccer and tennis. Graduating in 1912, he went out to Ipoh, Malaya, and joined the firm of Osborne & Chappel who were general managers of a large number of tin mines.

He was made a partner in 1920 and became senior partner in 1927. During the Second World War and afterwards he served in The Malay States Volunteers, was president of the FMS Chamber of Mines 1921-1923, and a member of the Legislative Council of the Federated Malay States.

He came home permanently from Malaya in 1931 but continued active in the tin industry for many years and was chairman of the Malayan Chamber of Mines, London, from 1944 to 1955, being crated CBE in 1956.

He finally retired in 1973 after a service with Osborne & Chappel group of 61 years.

Alongside his professional work he was a keen naturalist and a knowledgeable ornithologist; he became a Scientific Fellow of the Zoological Society, having presented some Malayan tigers to the London Zoo and Whipsnade.

His book "The Birds of the Malay Peninsula, Singapore and Penang", accurately illustrated in colour by his wife, was first published in 1951 and is still the standard handbook on Malayan birds; he was a member of the British Ornithologists Union.

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