Crown Colony of Sarawak

Crown Colony of Sarawak
British colony
Flag Coat of arms
God Save the King/Queen
Fair Land Sarawak
Capital Kuching
Languages English, Iban, Malay, Chinese
Government Crown colony
Historical era New Imperialism
   Sarawak ceded to the Crown Colony 30 June 1946
  Self-government 22 July 1963
   Malaysia Agreement 16 September 1963
Currency Sarawak dollar, later Malaya and British Borneo dollar
Preceded by
Succeeded by
British Military Administration (Borneo)
Today part of  Malaysia
Governor of British Crown Colony of Sarawak
Style His Excellency
Residence The Astana
Appointer King George VI
succeeded in 1952 by Queen Elizabeth II
Inaugural holder Sir Charles Noble Arden-Clarke
Formation 1946-1963
Final holder Sir Alexander Waddell
Abolished 16 September 1963 (Formed the Federation of Malaysia)[1]

The Crown Colony of Sarawak was a British Crown colony established in 1946 shortly after the dissolution of British Military Administration.


The Governor of British Crown Colony of Sarawak (Malay: Tuan Yang Terutama Gabenor Koloni Mahkota British Sarawak) was the position created by the British Government upon the cession of Sarawak from the Brooke Administration in 1946. The appointment was made by King George VI, and later Queen Elizabeth II until the self-government of Sarawak on 22 July 1963[2][3][4] and the forming of the Federation of Malaysia on 1963.[1] After the formation of Malaysia, the title was changed to 'Tuan Yang Terutama Yang di-Pertua Negeri Sarawak', which also means 'His Excellency The Governor of Sarawak', or 'His Excellency The Head of State of Sarawak' and the appointment was later made by the Yang di-Pertuan Agong or King of Malaysia.

The official residence of the Governor of Sarawak at that time was The Astana, located at the North bank of the Sarawak River.

List of Governors of the Crown Colony of Sarawak

No. Name Took Office Left Office Note
1. Sir Charles Noble Arden-Clarke 26 October 1946 26 July 1949 First Governor of the Crown Colony of Sarawak
2. Sir Duncan George Stewart 14 November 1949 10 December 1949 Assassinated by Rosli Dhobi while visiting Sibu on 3 December 1949
3. Sir Anthony Foster Abell 4 April 1950 15 November 1959 Originally appointed for the term of 3 years only, but his term was extended to 1959. He would later become one of the members of the Cobbold Commission.
4. Sir Alexander Waddell 23 February 1960 22 July 1963[2][3][4] Last Governor of Sarawak.

See also

Further reading


  1. 1 2 Frans Welman. Borneo Trilogy Sarawak: Volume 2. Booksmango. pp. 134–. ISBN 978-616-245-089-1. Retrieved 9 October 2013.
  2. 1 2 "The National Archives DO 169/254 (Constitutional issues in respect of North Borneo and Sarawak on joining the federation)". The National Archives. 1961–1963. Retrieved 23 April 2015.
  3. 1 2 Vernon L. Porritt (1997). British Colonial Rule in Sarawak, 1946-1963. Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-983-56-0009-8.
  4. 1 2 Philip Mathews (28 February 2014). Chronicle of Malaysia: Fifty Years of Headline News, 1963-2013. Editions Didier Millet. pp. 15–. ISBN 978-967-10617-4-9.
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