William Allmond Codrington Goode

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Sir William A.C. Goode
William Goode Singapore Constitution Exposition.jpg
Governor of Singapore
In office
9 December 1957 – 3 June 1959
Preceded by Robert Brown Black
Succeeded by None (Office dissolved)
1st Yang di-Pertuan Negara of Singapore
In office
3 June 1959 – 1 December 1959
Preceded by Newly created post
Succeeded by Yusof Ishak
Governor of North Borneo
In office
1959 – 15 September 1963
Preceded by Roland Evelyn Turnbull
Succeeded by None (office dissolved)
Personal details
Born (1907-06-08)8 June 1907
United KingdomTwickenham, Middlesex, England
Died 15 September 1986(1986-09-15) (aged 79)
United Kingdom Goring-on-Thames, South Oxfordshire, England

Sir William Allmond Codrington Goode GCMG (8 June 1907 - 15 September 1986) was a British colonial officer who served as governor to various Far Eastern colonies in the 20th century. Goode was the last Governor of the Crown Colony of Singapore, and the British protectorate of North Borneo.


Goode was born in Twickenham, Middlesex and attended Oakham School and Worcester College, Oxford.

Malaya, Singapore and Borneo[edit]

He joined the Malayan Civil Service in 1931, studying law in his spare time. He was admitted to the Bar by Gray's Inn in 1936. From 1936 to 1939 he served as District Officer, Raub and was appointed Assistant Commissioner for Civil Defence, Singapore in 1940, serving in the Singapore Volunteer Corps as a Lance Corporal during the Second World War. After the colony's capitulation in 1942, he was taken prisoner by the Japanese and sent to work in Siam on the Burma Railway from 1943 to 1945. He remained in Malaya after the war, and in 1948 became Deputy Economic Secretary to the Federation. In 1949 he was posted to Aden as Chief Secretary, where he also acted as Governor from 1950-1951. He returned to Singapore as Colonial Secretary in 1953 and became the colony's last British Governor in 1957. In 1959, as part of transitional arrangements, he was made Yang di-Pertuan Negara of the State of Singapore from June to December, and British High Commissioner. From 1960 to 1963 he was Governor and Commander-in-Chief of North Borneo.

He was made GCMG on his retirement to Berkshire, England in 1963.

Personal life[edit]

In 1938 he married Mary Harding. She died in 1947 and three years later he married Ena McLaren.

Offices held[edit]


  • Justin Corfield (2010). Historical Dictionary of Singapore. Scarecrow Press. ISBN 081087184X. 

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Government offices
Preceded by
Sir Robert Brown Black
Governor of Singapore
Succeeded by
Office abolished
Political offices
Preceded by
Sir William Allmond Codrington Goode
as Governor of Singapore
Yang di-Pertuan Negara of Singapore
Succeeded by
Yusof Ishak