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Mr George Maxwell, Later Sir William George Maxwell KBE, CMG

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Subject :Mr George Maxwell, later Sir William George Maxwell KBE, CMG
Published By : None 
Location : Ipoh
Estimated Year : 1896
Media Type : Photograph
Source : One Hundred Years of Singapore
Remark : George Maxwell, elder brother of the Ipoh lawyer Eric Maxwell, followed his grandfather’s and father’s footsteps when he became the FMS Senior Magistrate and later the British Resident Perak, as his grandfather, Sir Peter Maxwell had been the Chief Justice of the Straits Settlements and his father William Edward Maxwell had earlier been the British Resident Perak. Continuing the family legacy of involvement with the legal aspects of Malaya and according to the book “One Hundred Years of Singapore”, while he served as Resident, George Maxwell wrote many important papers on the laws of Perak.

Born in 1871 in Singapore the eldest son of the family, he was a naturalist and colonial administator in British Malaya who ended his career as Chief Secretary to the Government of the Federated Malay States from 1920 to 1926, a post previously known as the Resident-General.

During his career he held a variety of government posts including: Assistant District Magistrate and Registrar of Courts in the Kinta Valley; 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, In 1919 he became British Resident of Perakbefore moving to Singapore in 1920 as Secretary to the Government.

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