Thomas Sercombe Smith

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Thomas Sercombe Smith (1858 – 31 March 1937) was a British civil servant and judge. He was the Colonial Treasurer of Hong Kong and Puisne Judge of Supreme Court of the Straits Settlements.

Straits Settlements former group of British territories located in Southeast Asia

The Straits Settlements were a group of British territories located in Southeast Asia. Originally established in 1826 as part of the territories controlled by the British East India Company, the Straits Settlements came under direct British control as a Crown colony on 1 April 1867. The colony was dissolved in 1946 as part of the British reorganisation of its Southeast Asian dependencies following the end of the Second World War.

Smith was born in Canton, China in 1858 to Rev. Smauel Joseph Smith of Chelmsford, Essex. He attended the Wesleyan College as a boarding pupil in 1871.

Guangzhou Prefecture-level and Sub-provincial city in Guangdong, Peoples Republic of China

Guangzhou, also known as Canton and formerly romanized as Kwangchow or Kwong Chow, is the capital and most populous city of the province of Guangdong in southern China. On the Pearl River about 120 km (75 mi) north-northwest of Hong Kong and 145 km (90 mi) north of Macau, Guangzhou has a history of over 2,200 years and was a major terminus of the maritime Silk Road, and continues to serve as a major port and transportation hub, as well as one of China's three largest cities.

Chelmsford city in Essex, United Kingdom

Chelmsford is the principal settlement of the City of Chelmsford district, and the county town of Essex, in the East of England. It is located in the London commuter belt, approximately 30 miles (48 km) northeast of the notional centre of London at Charing Cross and approximately 22 miles (35 km) from Colchester. The urban area of the city has a population of approximately 112,000, whilst the district has a population of 168,310.

Essex County of England

Essex is a county in the south-east of England, north-east of London. One of the home counties, it borders Suffolk and Cambridgeshire to the north, Hertfordshire to the west, Kent across the estuary of the River Thames to the south, and London to the south-west. The county town is Chelmsford, the only city in the county. For government statistical purposes Essex is placed in the East of England region.

He was appointed a Hong Kong cadet in 1882. He was called to the bar at the Middle Temple in November 1893 and served as acting Registrar-General in 1895. He was Police Magistrate in 1899 and 1907. He left Hong Kong in 1907. He was appointed Colonial Treasurer of Hong Kong from 1897 to 1898. He was acting Colonial Secretary of Hong Kong in 1898. [1] In 1874 he was secretary to the Retrenchment Committee, and assisted the Attorney-General in the Taipingshan Arbitration.

Middle Temple one of the four Inns of Court in London, England

The Honourable Society of the Middle Temple, commonly known simply as Middle Temple, is one of the four Inns of Court exclusively entitled to call their members to the English Bar as barristers, the others being the Inner Temple, Gray's Inn and Lincoln's Inn. It is located in the wider Temple area of London, near the Royal Courts of Justice, and within the City of London.

Tai Ping Shan Street street in Hong Kong

Tai Ping Shan Street is a street marking the early colonial history in Hong Kong. Located at the north slope of Victoria Peak in Sheung Wan, the street starts east from a ladder street at the junction with Bridges Street and end west in Po Yan Street near Tung Wah Hospital. The street runs parallel to Hollywood Road.

Smith became a Puisne Judge in 1904 and later served in the judiciary of Federated Malay States where he presided over Proudlock murder trial in 1911. [2] He retired as Puisne Judge of the Supreme Court of the Straits Settlements.

Federated Malay States

The Federated Malay States (FMS) was a federation of four protected states in the Malay Peninsula—Selangor, Perak, Negeri Sembilan and Pahang—established by the British government in 1895, which lasted until 1946, when they, together with two of the former Straits Settlements and the Unfederated Malay States, formed the Malayan Union. Two years later, the Union became the Federation of Malaya and finally Malaysia in 1963 with the inclusion of North Borneo, Sarawak and Singapore.

He was also a cricketer.

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References

  1. "Database on Legislative Council Members".
  2. Morgan, Roy (2016). Real International Cricket: A History in One Hundred Scorecards. Pitch Publishing.
Government offices
Preceded by
Norman Gilbert Mitchell-Innes
Colonial Treasurer of Hong Kong
1897–1898
Succeeded by
Alexander MacDonald Thomson