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Title
 
A Councillor's Diary
Description
 
A diary used by Amrit Prakash Devesar, Labour councillor for Bensham Manor Ward, Thornton Heath, in 1972-3. Amrit Prakesh Devesar was born in the Amritsar district of the Punjab in India. Amrit first came to Britain in 1959, having been posted to the Indian High Commission in London. He came to Thornton Heath in 1963, working with a firm of solicitors. He joined the Labour Party and in 1971 stood for election as Croydon's first Asian councillor.

Amrit was elected in 1971, the first time Labour won Bensham Manor Ward. Amrit used the diary for keeping notes on Council business, on meetings to attend or people to see. It was printed with the times and dates of pre-planned meetings. It is bound in leather, which Amrit thought an unnecessary luxury at public expense.
Object Name
 
diary
Date
 
1972-73
Material
 
leather; paper
Measurements
 
whole: 125 x 80 x 18 mm
Maker
 
Amrit Prakash Devesar
Associated Object Number
 
M/2004/74
Theme
 
National & International | Politics & Economy
Location
 
Museum of Croydon | Area 5 | Kiosk 2
Type
 
Museum Objects
Repository
 
Croydon Museum and Heritage Service