Straits Settlements


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Straits Settlements

A former British crown colony comprising parts of the southern and western Malay Peninsula and adjacent islands, including Singapore. Formed in 1826, it was under Indian control until 1867, when the British assumed direct authority. Singapore became a separate colony in 1946; the remaining area was granted to Australia and the Federation of Malaya (later Malaysia) in the 1950s.

Straits Settlements

(streɪts)
pl n
(Placename) (formerly) a British crown colony of SE Asia that included Singapore, Penang, Malacca, Labuan, and some smaller islands

Straits′ Set′tlements


n.pl.
a former British crown colony in SE Asia: included the settlements of Singapore, Penang, and Malacca.
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The Sarkies brothers were the top hoteliers of the East and their hotels in Penang and Singapore dominated the hospitality industry in the Straits Settlements for almost 50 years during that period.
Trade data presented in Through Turbulent Terrain make clear that neither the East India Company's foundation of Singapore in 1819 nor its transfer of the capital of the Straits Settlements to that latter port thirteen years later doomed Penang to backwater status.
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Both Leaders looked forward to the determination of the actual location of the points of the international boundary pursuant to the Agreement between the Government of Malaysia and the Government of the Republic of Singapore to Delimit Precisely the Territorial Waters Boundary in Accordance with the Straits Settlements and Johore Territorial Waters Agreement 1927 signed on 7 August 1995.
Andrew Clarke, Governor of the Straits Settlements (1873-75), believed that British traders all over the world should be assisted and protected, since they were building a British empire.
Always parsimonious concerning the Straits Settlements, the EIC relied on Indian convicts to provide much of its labour in the region.
I was delighted to read of John Turnbull Thompson (1821-1884), first government surveyor of the Straits Settlements from 1841-55, designer of Horsburgh lighthouse on Pedra Branca, and who migrated to New Zealand in 1856 becoming NZ's first surveyor-general 1876-79.
They relied principally on the system of opium revenue farming in the Straits Settlements, which allowed private companies to hold monopolies over the distribution and sale of consumable opium in return for rent paid to the government.
Ashley was able to make inquiries about his father, a Private in the Straits Settlements' Volunteer Force.
Straits Chinese refers to the Chinese born in the former Straits Settlements (the three port cities of Malacca, Penang and Singapore which were under direct British rule) who were fiercely loyal to their territories and to the British colonial government (Lee & Chen, 2006).
Two years later Singapore was grouped together with other British possessions in the region to form the Straits Settlements.
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