List of Chief Secretaries of Singapore

Resident Councillors of Singapore

The Resident Councillor of Singapore was a high ranking government civil position in colonial Singapore during the Straits Settlements era. It was second only to the Governor of the Straits Settlements in the colonial government.

The position of Resident Councillor of Singapore was replaced by Colonial Secretary of Straits Settlements and Colonel Ronald MacPherson assumed the new post.

British Straits Settlements
Portrait Name
(Born–Died)
Term of Office Governor
(From–To)
Took Office Left Office
1 John Prince 15 August 1826 18 November 1827

Robert Fullerton
(1826-1830)

2 Kenneth Murchison
(1794–1854)
29 November 1827 6 December 1833

Robert Ibbetson
(1830-1833)

3 Sir Samuel George Bonham
(1803–1863)
7 December 1833 18 November 1836
Kenneth Murchison
(1833-1836)
4 Thomas Church
(1798–1860)
4 March 1837 20 September 1856

Samuel George Bonham
(1836-1843)

William John Butterworth
(1843-1855)


Edmund Augustus Blundell
(1855-1859)
5 Henry Somerset MacKenzie
(1826–1904)
[1][2]
22 September 1856 13 July 1859
[3]

William Orfeur Cavenagh
(1859-1867)

6 Colonel Ronald MacPherson
(1817–1869)
1860 31 March 1867

Colonial Secretaries of the Straits Settlements (1867–1942)

Chief Secretary, Singapore
StyleThe Honourable
ResidenceSri Temasek (1869–1959)
SeatGovernment House
AppointerGovernor of the Straits Settlements (1867-1946)
Governor of Singapore (1946-1959)
Term lengthNo fixed term
PrecursorColonial Secretary of Straits Settlements
Colonial Secretary of Singapore
Formation1867
First holderColonel Ronald MacPherson
Final holderE. B. David
Abolished1959

The Chief Secretary, Singapore, known as the Colonial Secretary, Singapore, before 1955, and the Colonial Secretary, Straits Settlements, before 1946, was a high ranking government civil position in colonial Singapore (the Straits Settlements before 1946) between 1867 and 1959. It was second only to the Governor of Singapore (formerly the Governor of the Straits Settlements) in the colonial government.

British Straits Settlements
Portrait Name
(Born–Died)
Term of Office Governor
(From–To)
Took Office Left Office
Colonial Secretary of the Straits Settlements
1 Colonel Ronald MacPherson
(1817–1869)
1 April 1867 6 December 1869
(Died in office)

Sir Harry St. George Ord
(1867-1871)
2 James Wheeler Woodford Birch
(1826–1875)
6 June 1870 4 November 1874

Edward Anson

(1871-1872)

Acting

Sir Harry St. George Ord
(1872-1873)

Edward Anson

(1873)

Acting

Sir Andrew Clarke
(1873-1875)

Thomas Braddell
(1823–1891)
Acting
4 November 1874 17 February 1876
William Willans
(d. 1905)[4]
Acting

Sir William Jervois
(1875-1877)

Charles John Irving
(1831–1917)
Acting
3 Sir John Douglas
(1836–1885)
17 February 1876 17 August 1878

Edward Anson

(1877)

Acting

Sir William Cleaver Francis Robinson
(1877-1879)

4 Sir Cecil Clementi Smith
(1840–1916)
3 September 1878 17 November 1885

Edward Anson

(1879-1880)

Acting

Sir Frederick Weld
(1880-1887)

5 Sir John Frederick Dickson
(1835–1891)
17 November 1885
[5]
31 August 1891
[6][7]

Sir Cecil Clementi Smith
(1887-1893)

Arthur Philip Talbot
(b. 18?? – d. 19 December 1898)[8]
Acting
31 August 1891
[6][7]
9 March 1892
[9]
6 William Edward Maxwell
(1846–1897)
9 March 1892
[9]
11 February 1895

William Edward Maxwell

(1893-1894)

Acting

Sir Charles Mitchell
(1894-1899)

7 James Alexander Swettenham
(1846–1933)
11 February 1895 7 December 1899
Sir Walter Egerton
(1858–1947)
Acting
7 December 1899 5 July 1901

James Alexander Swettenham

(1899-1901)

Acting

Charles Walter Sneyd Kynnersley
(b. 25 September 1849 - d. 11 July 1904)[10][11]
Acting[12]
8 Sir William Thomas Taylor
(1848–1931)
5 July 1901 31 December 1904
Sir Frank Swettenham
(1901-1904)

Sir John Anderson
(1904-1911)

9 Frederick George Penney
(c. 1856–1928)
1 January 1905 13 April 1905
Edward Lewis Brockman
(1865–1943)
Acting
13 April 1905 29 June 1906
10 Sir Arthur Young
(1854–1938)
29 June 1906 31 January 1911
[13]
11 Edward Lewis Brockman
(1865–1943)
1 February 1911
[13]
4 September 1911
[14]
12 Richard James Wilkinson
(1867–1941)
4 September 1911
[14][15]
February 1916

Sir Arthur Young
(1911-1920)

William George Maxwell
(1871–1959)
Acting
February 1916
[16]
April 1916
13 Sir Frederick Seton James
(1870–1934)
April 1916 19 March 1924

Sir Laurence Guillemard
(1920-1927)

George Hemmant
(1880–1964)
Acting
1st time
19 March 1924 2 April 1924
14 Edward Shaw Hose
(1871–1946)
2 April 1924 21 November 1925
15 Sir Hayes Marriott
(1873–1929)
21 November 1925 16 December 1928

Sir Hugh Clifford
(1927-1929)

George Hemmant
(1880–1964)
Acting
2nd time
16 December 1928 12 February 1929
16 Sir John Scott
(1878–1946)
12 February 1929 23 May 1933

Sir John Scott
(1929-1930)
Acting

Sir Cecil Clementi
(1930-1934)

17 Sir Andrew Caldecott
(1884–1951)
23 May 1933 7 December 1935

Sir Shenton Thomas
(1934-1942) & (1945-1946)

18 Sir Alexander Sym Small
(1887–1944)
7 December 1935 19 January 1940
19 Stanley Wilson Jones
(1888–1962)
19 January 1940 27 January 1942
Hugh Fraser
(1891–1944)
Acting
27 January 1942 15 February 1942
Japanese occupation of Singapore
From 15 February 1942 to 12 September 1945.
Colonial Secretary of Singapore
20 Sir Patrick Alexander Bruce McKerron
(1896–1964)
1 April 1946 29 April 1950
Sir Franklin Charles Gimson
(1946-1952)
J D M Smith
Acting
29 April 1950
[17]
30 June 1950
[18][19]
Wilfred Lawson Blythe
(1896–1975)
30 June 1950 30 July 1953
21

Wilfred Lawson Blythe
(1952)
Acting

Sir John Fearns Nicoll
(1952-1955)
22 William Allmond Codrington Goode
(1907–1986)
30 July 1953 February 1955
Chief Secretary of Singapore
22 William Allmond Codrington Goode
(1907–1986)
February 1955 1957
William Goode
(1955)
Acting

Sir Robert Brown Black
(1955-1957)

William Goode
(1957-1959)
23 Edgeworth Beresford David
(1908–1965)
1958 2 June 1959

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