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George Maxwell (administrator)

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Preceded by  G.A. Hall
Name  George Maxwell

Succeeded by  Littleton Edward Pipe-Wolferstan
Succeeded by  Malcolm Stewart Hannibal McArthur
Preceded by  Sir Reginald George Watson
Succeeded by  Sir William James Parke Hume

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


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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).

Contributions and Honours

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.


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