Tan Sri Dato’ Dr. Hj. Abdul Mubin Sheppard (M.C.ff. Sheppard) was a historian of Malaysian cultural and heritage.
Tan Sri Mubin Sheppard was born in Ireland in 1905.
In 1927 he sat for the Malayan Civil Service (MCS) Competitive Examination in London, and arrived in Malaya in 1928 to serve with the MCS till 1963.
He served as a Company Commander in the Federated Malay States Volunteer Force (FMSVF) from 1941-1942. During the Second World War (1942-1945) he became a Prisoner of War (POW). He retired as a Major in the FMSVF in 1945.
In 1958, his illustrious career as a historian and archivist started. He was appointed the “First Keeper of Public Records” which is now known as The National Archive of Malaysia. He held a few other important post during his career as an archivist:
- The first Director of National Museum of Malaya
- Asst. President and Editor of Malaysian Branch Royal Asiatic Society (MBRAS)
Between the years 1959 and 1963, he was:
- Executive Committee member of the Malayan History Society
- Central Committee member and the Committee Chairman of PERKIM and its publication.
- Co-founder and the President of Gurney Boys Club Seremban.
Tan Sri Sheppard was also a founding member of the Badan Warisan Malaysia and Sahabat Warisan Malaysia. Sahabat Warisan Malaysia (Friends of the Heritage of Malaysia Trust) was a society set up in 1984 to support Badan Warisan Malaysia in its objectives. The Mubin Sheppard Memorial Prize is a culmination of one of its fundraising efforts.
Tan Sri passed away on 11 September 1994 and was laid to rest at the Ampang Muslim Burial Ground in Kuala Lumpur.