Straits Settlements

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Following territorial acquisitions made by the East India Company as part of the Anglo-Dutch Treaty of 1824, the Straits Settlements, as a territory, was established in 1826. In South-East Asia, it consisted of:

The Straits Settlements came under the Bengal Presidency.


Ecclesiastical Returns: Baptisms, Marriages and Burials at the British Library. Prince of Wales Island [Penang], Malacca and Singapore 1799-1829 in IOR N/8. The LDS film number for these records is 498606, item 2. Returns are continued in the Bengal returns 1830-1868.

The Straits Settlements factory records can be viewed at the British Library. The reference is IOR/G/34. These records have been microfilmed, along with other related India Office holdings, and are available at various international locations, including the National Library of Australia.

A good list of official records held in various collections can be found on the A Sense of History: a select bibliography on the history of Singapore page on the National University of Singapore's website.

External Links

Historical books online

  • Also see Malaysia
  • Political and Statistical Account of the British Settlements in the Straits of Malacca: Viz. Pinang, Malacca, and Singapore, with a History of the Malayan States on the Peninsula of Malacca‬ by T J Newbold 1839 Google Books Volume I, Volume II
  • Straits Settlements, page 718 A Gazetteer of Southern India: with the Tenasserim Provinces and Singapore by Pharoah &Co 1855 Google Books
  • The Directory & Chronicle for China, Japan, Corea, Indo-China, Straits Settlements, Malay States, Siam, Netherlands India, Borneo, the Philippines, &c. For a range of editions to 1922, see China