Sir John Federic Dickson The name Port Dickson originated from the British High Officer, Sir John Frederick Dickson who was posted at the Straits Settlement during the end of the 19th century. Prior to being developed the area was formerly known as Tanjung (which means cape) among local Malays due to its geographic location at a small bay. The local Chinese and Indians on the other hand had named this place Alang or Arang (which means charcoal) due to its location near to an island known for its coal mine production and acted as supplier to the nearby areas.
Since Arang has rapidly grown into an industrial area while Tanjung is a fast developing town area, the Secretary of the Federated States, Sir John Frederick Dickson, had gazetted Tanjung be made into a strategic seaport as well as a retreat for British officials and farmers