List of High Commissioners of the United Kingdom to Malaya

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In 1896, the British High Commissioner in Malaya system was introduced. The post of the High Commissioner (also known as General-Resident) was to represent the British Government in the British protected states in Malaya (the Federated Malay States and the five 'Unfederated Malay States'). The High Commissioner's official residence in Malaya was the "King's House" (now part of a hotel, Carcosa Seri Negara), located inside the Perdana Lake Gardens in Kuala Lumpur. During the British rule in Malaya, the King's House served as an important place for royal dignitaries and distinguished guests.

Between 1896 and 1946 the British High Commissioner in Malaya was also the Governor of the Straits Settlements, with official residence in Singapore known as Government House (now Istana, the official residence of the President of Singapore).

When Malaya gained independence from the United Kingdom, the position of British High Commissioner in Malaya as effective head of state was replaced by the Supreme Head, or Yang Di-Pertuan Agong of Malaya, appointed by the rulers of the nine Malay states. The title British High Commissioner became that of the senior British diplomat in independent Malaya (and later in Malaysia), as is normal between Commonwealth countries.

List of British High Commissioners in Malaya (1896-1957)[edit]

Picture Name From Until
Charles Mitchell.jpg Lieutenant-Colonel Sir Charles Bullen Hugh Mitchell 1896 7 December 1899
Royal Coat of Arms of the United Kingdom.svg James Alexander Swettenham 8 December 1899 18 February 1901
GovernorSwettenham.jpg Sir Frank Athelstane Swettenham 26 September 1901 12 October 1901
Sir john anderson.gif Sir John Anderson 15 April 1904 9 April 1911
Royal Coat of Arms of the United Kingdom.svg Sir Arthur Henderson Young 9 September 1911 24 August 1920
Royal Coat of Arms of the United Kingdom.svg Sir Laurence Nunns Guillemard 3 February 1920 5 May 1927
Hugh Charles Clifford (The Straits Times, 15 October 1929).jpg Sir Hugh Charles Clifford 3 June 1927 20 October 1930
SirCecilClementi.jpg Sir Cecil Clementi 5 February 1930 16 February 1934
Royal Coat of Arms of the United Kingdom.svg Sir Shenton Whitelegge Thomas 9 November 1934 15 August 1945
Sir edward gent.jpg Sir Gerard Edward James Gent 1 February 1946 4 July 1948
Sir henry gurney.gif Sir Henry Lowell Goldsworthy Gurney 1 October 1948 6 October 1951
Sir gerald templer.gif General Sir Gerald Walter Robert Templer 15 January 1952 31 May 1954
Royal Coat of Arms of the United Kingdom.svg Sir Donald Charles MacGillivray 31 May 1954 31 August 1957

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