State of Singapore Formed


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The State of Singapore formed with at the same day the Crown Colony’s Office of the Governor was abolished. At one minute past midnight, the Governor proclaims Singapore a self-governing state. At 8.30am, he takes office as Yang di-Pertuan Negara, or Head of State. At 8.30am, Encik Yusof bin Ishak becomes Yang di-Pertuan Negara or the Head of State of Singapore. A celebration and mass rally by Peoples’ Action Party (PAP) were held in the early evening at the Padang for Singapore gaining full self-government.

William Goode Appointed as Singapore Governor


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Sir William Goode was appointed Governor and Commander-in-Chief of Singapore from 9 December 1957 to 3 June 1959.

Robert Black Appointed as Singapore Governor


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Sir Robert Brown Black was appointed Governor and Commander-in-Chief of Singapore from 30 June 1955 to 9 December 1957.

John Nicoll Appointed as Singapore Governor


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Sir John Fearns Nicoll was appointed Governor and Commander-in-Chief of Singapore from 21 April 1952 to 2 June 1955.

Singapore became separate Crown Colony


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Singapore became a separate Crown Colony with a civil administration headed by a Governor. Sir Franklin Charles Gimson was appointed Governor and Commander-in-Chief of Singapore from 1 April 1946 to 20 March 1952. He abolished the military government which was set up by Lord Mountbatten and reinstalled the colonial civil government.

Lord Mountbatten in Singapore


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The city commemerates the end of the war and Japanese rule in Singapore with Admiral Mountbatten, Supreme Allied Commander of the Southeast Asia Theatre, arrived in Singapore. Admiral Mountbatten (#Lord Louis Mountbatten#) later read the Japanese surrender address on the steps of the City Hall in front of the Padang. Lord Louis Mountbatten acted as the British High Command in Singapore from 12 September 1945 to 1 April 1946. Sir Shenton Thomas was the Governor of the Straits Settlements during the same period. Read more »

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