The British North Borneo Company
or North Borneo Chartered Company
was a chartered company assigned to administer North Borneo
) in August 1881. North Borneo became a protectorate of the British Empire
with internal affairs administered by the company until 1946 when it became the colony of British North Borneo. The main motto was Pergo et Perago
), which means "I undertake and I achieve". The first chairman of the company was Alfred Dent
In 1882, the British North Borneo Chartered Company established a settlement on Pulau Gaya, one year after the Chartered Company was given the mandate to rule Sabah. However, in 1897, this settlement was burnt to the ground during the raid led by Mat Salleh, a Sabah tribal Chief and it was never re-established.