British Military Administration (Borneo)

British Military Administration of Borneo

Japanese forces surrender to Australians in Labuan on 1945.
Japanese forces surrender to Australians in Labuan on 1945.
Status Transitional government
Capital Victoria[5]
Government Military occupation
Chief Civil Affairs Officer  
• 1945–1946
Brig Charles Frederick Cunningham Macaskie
Historical era Post-war
15 August 1945
• British Military Administration set up

12 September 1945
• Formation of the Crown Colony

1 July 1946[1][2][3][4]
Currency British North Borneo dollar, Sarawak dollar
Preceded by
Succeeded by
Japanese occupation of British Borneo
Crown Colony of Sarawak
Crown Colony of North Borneo
Today part of  Malaysia

The British Military Administration (BMA) was the interim administrator of British Borneo between the end of the Second World War and the establishment of the Crown Colonies of Sarawak and North Borneo in 1946. Specifically, the entity lasted from 12 September 1945 to 1 July 1946.[1][2][3][4] Labuan became the headquarters of BMA. The headquarters was mostly managed by the Australian Imperial Force (AIF).[5]


The area under this administration comprises today of Labuan, Sabah, Sarawak and Brunei.[6]

Sarawak was administered by Australians under British Borneo Civil Affairs Unit (BBCAU).[7]

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