John Fearns Nicoll

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Sir John Fearns Nicoll KCMG (1899 - 1981) was a British colonial governor. He was Colonial Secretary of Hong Kong from 1949 to 1952, and Governor of Singapore from 1952 to 1955.

Early Years and Colonial Service[edit]

Nicoll was born in 1899 and attended Carlisle Grammar School and Pembroke College, Oxford before embarking on a colonial career in British Protectorate of North Borneo in 1921.[1]

Nicoll was became Deputy Colonial Secretary of the British Crown Colony Trinidad and Tobago in 1937, Colonial Secretary of the British Colony of Fiji in 1944 and then as administrator and Colonial Secretary of Hong Kong in 1949.[2]

Nicoll became Governor of Singapore in 1952 and was present during the 1954 National Service riots and left the Governorship the next year. Nicoll retired from the Colonial Service and return to Britain.

Nicoll was invested as a Knight of the Order of St Michael and St George.[3] He died at Scio House Hospital, Putney Heath.


Nicoll was married to Irene and had one son, Anthony Nicoll.


Nicoll Highway was named in his honour and a portrait of Nicoll by Elliott & Fry hangs in the National Portrait Gallery.


External links[edit]

  • Chua, Alvin (2009-07-06). "Sir John Fearns Nicoll". Singapore Infopedia. National Library Board Singapore. Retrieved 2010-08-17. 
Government offices
Preceded by
David Mercer MacDougall
Colonial Secretary of Hong Kong
Succeeded by
Sir Robert Brown Black
Preceded by
Franklin Charles Gimson
Governor of Singapore
Succeeded by
Sir Robert Brown Black