Crown Colony of Sarawak

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Crown Colony of Sarawak
British colony



God Save the Queen
Fair Land Sarawak
Capital Kuching
Languages English, Iban, Malay, Chinese
Government Crown colony
Historical era New Imperialism
 -  Sarawak ceded to the United Kingdom 30 June 1946
 -  State of Malaysia 16 September 1963
Currency Sarawak dollar, later Malaya and British Borneo dollar
Today part of  Malaysia
Governor of British Crown Colony of Sarawak
Flag of the Crown Colony of Sarawak (1946).svg
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 (Admitted into the Federation of Malaysia)[1]
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The Governor of British Crown Colony of Sarawak (Malay: Tuan Yang Terutama Gabenor Koloni Mahkota British Sarawak) is 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 independence of Sarawak on 22 July 1963 and the joining into 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 Sarawak[edit]

No. Name Took Office Left Office Note
1. Sir Charles Noble Arden-Clarke October 26, 1946 July 26, 1949 First Governor of the Crown Colony of Sarawak
2. Sir Duncan George Stewart November 14, 1949 December 10, 1949 Assassinated by Rosli Dhobi while visiting Sibu on December 3, 1949
3. Sir Anthony Foster Abell April 4, 1950 November 15, 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 February 23, 1960 July 22, 1963 Last Governor of Sarawak.


  1. ^ a b Frans Welman. Borneo Trilogy Sarawak: Volume 2. Booksmango. pp. 134–. ISBN 978-616-245-089-1. Retrieved 9 October 2013.