The Straits Settlements were formed in 1826 by the amalgamation of the three Settlements of Singapore (including Christmas Island and the Cocos-Keeling group), Penang (including Province Wellesley), and Malacca. Initially the seat of government was Penang but in 1836 Singapore became the capital. On 1 April 1867 the Straits Settlements were transferred from the control of the Indian Government to that of the Secretary of State for the Colonies in London. In 1912 Labuan became the fourth Settlement.
The status and composition of the Straits Settlements remained unchanged until the Second World War when they were occupied by the Japanese. In 1946, the Straits Settlements were dismantled and the four Settlements went their separate ways - Singapore became a separate colony; Penang and Malacca became parts of the Malayan Union (later the Federation of Malaya); and Labuan became part of British North Borneo (later named Sabah when it joined Malaysia).
ARRANGEMENT OF VOLUMES
In addition to maps appearing in the text there are six folding maps contained in a pocket in volume 11.
01. Map of British Malaya in 1921 from the 1920 Annual Colonial Report for the Straits Settlements.
02. Map of the Dindings, 1934 from the 1934 Annual Colonial Report for the Straits Settlements.
03. Map of Singapore, 1938 from the 1938 Annual Colonial Report for the Straits Settlements.
04. Map of Penang Island and Province Wellesley, 1938 from the 1938 Annual Colonial Report for the Straits Settlements.
05. Map of Malacca Territory, 1938 from the 1938 Annual Colonial Report for the Straits Settlements.
06. Map of Labuan, 1938 from the 1938 Annual Colonial Report for the Straits Settlements.