Front: Charles Vyner Brooke (1874-1963), Rajah of Sarawak 1917-1946
Sir Charles Vyner deWindt Brooke was the third and final White Rajah of
Sarawak. He was educated in England and met his future wife Sylvia Brett there.
Brooke was proclaimed Rajah upon the death of his father in 1917. His early years
as Rajah saw a boom in the Sarawak rubber and oil industries and the subsequent
rise in the Sarawak economy.
Brooke fled to Australia in 1941 during Japanese occupation, and returned to
Sarawak in 1946 to temporarily resume his position as Rajah. He ceded Sarawak
to the British government as a crown colony later that year, thus ending White
Rajah rule in Sarawak. Vyner Brooke died in London in 1963, four months before
Sarawak was formally incorporated into the Federation of Malaysia.
Back: Brooke family Coat of Arms