- William Peel (colonial administrator)
name=Sir William Peel
office=Governor of Hong Kong
term_start=9 May 1930
term_end=17 May 1935
Hexham, England, UK
death_date=death date and age|1945|2|24|1875|2|27
Queens College, Cambridge
Violet Mary Drake
Sir William Peel (Chinese name: 貝璐, born 27 February 1875) was a British colonial administrator who became the
Governor of Hong Kong.
Peel was born in
Hexham, Northumberlandof England. He is the son of Rev. W. E. Peel of Boston Spain Yorkshire. He attended in Silcoates Schooland later in Queens College, Cambridge
Early Colonial Services
He became a
Cadetin the Colonial Service in 1897 and soon promoted to Acting District Officer of Nibong Tebalin 1898 and Bukit Mertajamin 1899 and Province Wellesleyuntil 1901. His next appointment as Acting Second Colonial Secretary took him to Singaporein 1902 until his return to Penangin 1905 to serve as Acting Second Magistrate and Coroner. After serving as Acting Auditor in 1908 in Penang, he continued his service at various capacities in the Federated Malay Statessuch as Acting Secretary to the Resident of Selangorin 1909 and Acting District Officer Lower Perak in 1910 before returning to Penang as President of the Municipal Commissioners Penang in 1911. He became Acting Resident Councillor of Penang from (26 February - 5 October 1917).Later he became president of the municipal commissioners of Singapore in 1918. In 1919 he was appointed as joint passage controller of labour for the Federated Malay States and Straits Settlementsin 1920; and chairman of European Unemployment Committee in 1921. In 1922 he became British Adviser for Government of Kedah. He became Acting Resident Councillor of Penang from (10 May - 9 July 1925). In 1927, he acted as officer administering the government and High Commissioner for the Malay States, having been promoted to be Chief Secretary to Government in 1926.
Governor of Hong Kong
On 9 May 1930, Peel was appointed as Governor of
Hong Kong. During his tenure, the telephone system in Hong Kong was automated, and the first permanent flight between Chinaand Hong Kong was established. Also, Peel presided over the construction of a Governor's Retreat in Fanling, in the New Territories.
Peel retired in May 1935.
Peel married to Violet Mary Drake, daughter of the late W. D. Laing by whom he had two sons.
Places Named After Him
Peel Risein Hong Kong and Peel Avenue in Penang were named after him. In addition, the Violet Peel Health Centrewas named after his wife. The Peel Block of King George V Schoolis named after him. Jalan Peel (Peel Road) in Kuala Lumpur was named after him too.
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