Sir James Brooke KCB
(1803-1868)

Died aged c. 65

Sir James Brooke, Rajah of Sarawak, KCB (29 April 1803 – 11 June 1868), was a Briton born and raised under the Company Raj in NE India, who became the first White Rajah of Sarawak in Borneo. After a few years of education in England, he served in the Bengal Army, was wounded, and resigned his commission. He bought a ship and sailed out to the Malay Archipelago where, by helping to crush a rebellion, he became governor of Sarawak. He then vigorously suppressed piracy in the region and, in the ensuing turmoil, restored the Sultan of Brunei to his throne, for which the Sultan made Brooke the Rajah of Sarawak. He ruled until his death. Brooke was not without detractors and was criticised in the British Parliament and officially investigated in Singapore for his anti-piracy measures. He was, however, honoured in London for his work. The naturalist Alfred Russel Wallace was one of many visitors whose published work spoke of his hospitality and achievements. His final years were spent quietly in England.

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Here lived Sir James Brooke, K.C.B. first Rajah of Sarawak B.1803 D.1868

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