George Maxwell (administrator)

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Sir George Maxwell
British Adviser for Kedah
In office
Preceded by none, post created
Succeeded by Littleton Edward Pipe-Wolferstan
British Adviser for Kedah
In office
Preceded by G.A. Hall
Succeeded by Malcolm Stewart Hannibal McArthur
British Resident of Perak
In office
Preceded by Sir Reginald George Watson
Succeeded by Sir William James Parke Hume
Personal details
Born June 9, 1871
Malacca, Straits Settlements
Died August 22, 1959
Shoreham, Sussex, England
Spouse(s) Lady Evelyn Maxwell

Sir William George Maxwell KBE CMG (9 June 1871 – 22 August 1959) was a British colonial administrator in British Malaya and the Straits Settlements.[1]


He was the eldest son of William Edward Maxwell and Lilias Grant Mackay.

Sir George entered the service of the Perak Government as a junior officer in 1891. He then progressed to Assistant District Magistrate and Registrar of Courts in Kinta Valley (Perak). He was also the Assistant Secretary to the Government of Perak, Acting Collector of Land Revenue in Larut, Registrar of Titles and Warden of Mines in Northern Perak and Acting Senior Magistrate for Selangor, Negeri Sembilan, and Perak. In 1904, he was transferred to the Civil Service of Straits Settlements and was Acting Commissioner of the Court of Requests in Singapore.

He was posted as the District Officer of Dinding, Perak, Solicitor General (1906). On 9 July 1909 the Bangkok Agreement, which was ratified by the British and Siamese, made Kedah part of the British Empire and he was then appointed British Adviser to Kedah (1909–1915) and (1918–1919). He was also the British Resident of Perak (1919–1921) and Chief Secretary of Federated Malay States (1921–1926).


Sir William George Maxwell K.C.M.G. married his cousin Florence Evelyn daughter of Walter F Stevenson on the 28th of August 1902 in St. Mary's Church, Hendon, Middlesex.

Contributions and Honours[edit]

On 29 November 1929, he opened the Sultan Idris Training College in Perak and making it the highest institution of learning exclusively for the Malays at that time. In order to remember his contributions in education SMK Maxwell (Maxwell School) in Kuala Lumpur was named after him. He was knighted with KBE in 1924 and carried the title "Sir". In order to remember his contributions in Perak, Maxwell Hill in Taiping was also named after him.

Sources and references[edit]

  1. ^ OxfordDNB: Entry for Maxwell, Sir (William) George; accessed January 9, 2014
Political offices
Preceded by
Sir Reginald George Watson
British Resident of Perak
1919 – 1921
Succeeded by
Sir William James Parke Hume