Frank Swettenham and J.W.W. Birch

Frank Swettenham & J.W.W. Birch at Belanja, Perak River 1874. Source: Arkib Negara Malaysia

Frank Swettenham and J.W.W. Birch at Belanja, Perak River 1874. Source: Arkib Negara Malaysia

Sir Frank Athelstane Swettenham (28 March 1850 – 11 June 1946) was the first Resident General of the Federated Malay States. He served from July 1, 1896 to 1901. He was one of close to forty former British empire officials to actually oppose the Malayan Union. He was a member of the Commission for the Pacification of Larut set up following the signing of the Pangkor Treaty of 1874 and he served alongside John Frederick Adolphus McNair, and Chinese Kapitan Chung Keng Quee and Chin Seng Yam.

James Wheeler Woodford Birch, commonly known as J. W. W. Birch (3 April 1826 – 2 November 1875) was the first British Resident in Perak. He was appointed to the post on 4 November 1874 as the government adviser to the Sultan of Perak following the signing of the famous Pangkor Treaty on 20 January 1874, which established Perak as a British protectorate state. Birch was killed on 2 November while he was taking his bath, nearby a river, in Pasir Salak.

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