Skip to main content

Australian State Governors, 1905-04 - 1929-08

Reference Code: GBR/0014/AMEL 2/4/11

Scope and Contents

Correspondents include: Sir [George] Tom Bridges, Governor of South Australia, on subjects including the Empire Parliamentary tour, Australian versus British Governors and the unification of the Australian States; Sir William Campion, Governor of Western Australia, on subjects including the Conservative defeat in the British General Election of 1929, handing over the western part of the State to the Commonwealth, Danish settlers, general immigration and group settlements; Admiral Sir [Dudley] Rawson de Chair, Governor of New South Wales, on subjects including the extension of his term of office, the visit of the Japanese training squadron, the resignation of John Lang, Premier of New South Wales and the dissolution of Parliament, the powers of Governors General, Edward McTiernan [New South Wales Government Representative in London] and his misrepresentation of LSA's views on the powers of Governors, attempts to abolish the Upper Chamber of the New South Wales Parliament, the Labour Government's unpopularity and de Chair's difficulties with Lang; Sir [Thomas] John Goodwin, Governor of Queensland, on subjects including the British and Queensland elections in 1929; Sir James O'Grady, Governor of Tasmania, on subjects including LSA's view that certain Governorships should be filled by long-serving Colonial Office men, Imperial Preference and the development of secondary industries in Tasmania; 6th Lord Somers [earlier Arthur Cocks], Governor of Victoria, 1926-31, on subjects including on the advisability of Governors returning home for a break and the economic situation in Victoria; 3rd Lord Stradbroke [earlier Lord Dunwich], Governor of Victoria, 1920-26, on subjects including his departure from office, the appointment of Somers as his successor, whether to serve out his full term, the death of Stradbroke's youngest son, a Roman Catholic campaign against the British and a visit from the United States Navy; Sir Alexander Hore-Ruthven [later 1st Lord Gowrie], Governor of South Australia, on subjects including the scrapping of the Federal Arbitration Court, proposed measures to reduce production costs and industrial difficulties with Italian waterfront workers.

Also includes: memorandum by de Chair with suggestions for naval co-operation between Britain and the United States (written while de Chair was Naval Attache to the United States in 1905).


  • 1905-04 - 1929-08

Conditions Governing Access

The papers are open for consultation by researchers using Churchill Archives Centre, Churchill College, Cambridge.


2 file(s)

Language of Materials


Former / Other Reference

Box 276

Date information

DateText: The majority of folios date from 1924-29.

Finding aid date

2004-11-08 14:27:57.733000+00:00

Repository Details

Part of the Churchill Archives Centre Repository

Churchill Archives Centre
Churchill College
Cambridge Cambridgeshire CB3 0DS United Kingdom
+44 (0)1223 336087