John Fearns Nicoll

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Sir John Fearns Nicoll
KCMG
Governor of Fiji
(Acting)
In office
21 March 1947 – 8 October 1947
Monarch George VI
Preceded by Sir Alexander Grantham
Succeeded by Sir Brian Freeston
In office
4 May 1944 – 23 October 1944
Monarch George VI
Preceded by Sir John Rankine (Acting)
Succeeded by Sir John Rankine (Acting)
Acting High Commissioner for the Western Pacific
In office
21 March 1947 – 8 October 1947
Monarch George VI
Preceded by Sir Alexander Grantham
Succeeded by Sir Brian Freeston
18th Colonial Secretary of Hong Kong
In office
1949–1952
Monarch George VI
Elizabeth II
Preceded by David Mercer MacDougall
Succeeded by Sir Robert Black
3rd Governor of Singapore
In office
21 April 1952 – 2 June 1955
Monarch Elizabeth II
Preceded by Wilfred Lawson Blythe (Acting)
Succeeded by Sir William Goode (Acting)
Personal details
Born 1899
Died 23 January 1981(1981-01-23) (aged 81–82)
Wimbledon Common, England
Spouse(s) Irene Nicoll
Children 1 son
Alma mater Pembroke College, Oxford
Occupation Colonial administrator

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 became Deputy Colonial Secretary of the British Crown Colony Trinidad and Tobago in 1937, the Colonial Secretary of the British Colony of Fiji from 1944 to 1949. During this time, he served as Acting Governor twice, in 1944 and 1947. This was followed by his appointment 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 returned 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.

Personal[edit]

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

Legacy[edit]

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

References[edit]

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
Sir John Rankine
Acting
Governor of Fiji
Acting

1944
Succeeded by
Sir John Rankine
Acting
Preceded by
Sir Alexander Grantham
Acting
Governor of Fiji
Acting

1947
Succeeded by
Sir Brian Freeston
Acting
Preceded by
David Mercer MacDougall
Colonial Secretary of Hong Kong
1949-1952
Succeeded by
Sir Robert Black
Preceded by
Franklin Charles Gimson
Governor of Singapore
1952-1955
Succeeded by
Sir Robert Black