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John Davies, A.M.N.P.P.N. (July 27, 1925 – October 21, 1999) was an archivist, writer, and received the prestigious Ahli Mangku Negara award. He served as Executive Officer from the 1960s to the late 1970s with the National Archives of Malaysia (Arkib Negara Malaysia), Petaling Jaya. He was a leading authority on the conservation and preservation of documents.

Davies was born in Parit Buntar, Perak, Malaysia to Joseph Sanghuni Nair and Marial Joseph, he was baptised as John Davies, and was of Indian Malayali Nair descent. During the Japanese occupation of Malaya in WWII Davies served as a rations officer. He later met Tan Sri Mubin Sheppard, who had seen potential in Davies and offered him a position at the National Archives of Malaysia. Davies excelled in his profession and was promoted to Archives Executive Officer. Davies published several books and traveled overseas to England, where he studied and refined his art. During this period of his career Mr Davies was awarded the Ahli Mangku Negara award from the Raja of Selangor for his service at the Malaysian Archives. Being a leading figure on the subject of preservation, he was required to lecture on many occasions throughout Asia, Europe, Australia and Africa.

During the '80s John Davies had migrated to Sydney Australia and worked as a senior archivist at the Archives of New South Wales for several years.

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