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First published in 1891, "British Borneo" was written by Sir William Hood Treacher, K.C.M.G. (1 December 1849 - 3 May 1919) the British colonial administrator in Borneo and the Straits Settlements.

Sir William was the fourth son of Rev. Joseph Skipper Treacher, MA, Vicar of Sandford-on-Thames, by his 1st wife Pauline Louise Pierret. Both he and his father were graduates of Oxford colleges. He was the first Governor of North Borneo (1881–1887); Resident of Selangor (1892-1896); the sixth British Resident of Perak (1896-1902); and second Resident-General of British Malaya (1901-1904). He founded the Anglo Chinese School in Klang on 10 March 1893.

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