Dudley de Chair
Sir Dudley de Chair
KCB, KCMG, KBE, MVO
|25th Governor of New South Wales|
28 February 1924 – 9 April 1930
|Lieutenant||Sir William Cullen
Sir Philip Street
|Preceded by||Sir Walter Davidson|
|Succeeded by||Sir Phillip Game|
|Born||Dudley Rawson de Chair
30 August 1864
Lennoxville, Province of Canada
|Died||17 August 1958
Brighton, England, United Kingdom
|Profession||Naval Officer, Colonial Administrator|
|Years of service||1880 – 1923|
|Commands||Third Battle Squadron|
World War I
Governor of New South Wales
|Viceregal styles of
Sir Dudley de Chair
|Reference style||His Excellency|
|Spoken style||Your Excellency|
De Chair was appointed Governor of New South Wales on 8 November 1923. Arriving in Sydney in 1924, De Chair became Governor in stable political times. However, when the Fuller Conservatives were defeated by the Labor Party under Jack Lang, De Chair found himself in conflict with Lang's revolutionary reform program, particularly over Lang's attempts to abolish the New South Wales Legislative Council. While Lang's attempts ultimately failed, De Chair failed to gain the support of an indifferent Dominions Office. With Lang's departure in 1927, the Nationalist Government of Thomas Bavin invited him in 1929 to stay on as Governor for a further term. De Chair agreed only to a year's extension and retired on 8 April 1930.
Returning to London after a global trip, de Chair worked on his memoirs until his death in 1958.
De Chair married Enid Struben in 1903. Together they had three children, Henry Graham de Chair, Elaine de Chair and Somerset de Chair.
Honours and decorations
Following the King Edward VII's visit to the Russian Empire, de Chair was appointed Member of the Royal Victorian Order (MVO) on 10 June 1908 for his role in the visit as commander HMS Cochrane. In the 1914 King's Birthday Honours, he was appointed Companion of the Order of the Bath (CB).
|Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath (KCB)
Companion of the Order of the Bath (CB)
|Knight Commander of the Order of St Michael and St George (KCMG)||1933|
|Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire (KBE)|
|Member of the Royal Victorian Order (MVO)||1908|
|Egypt Medal 1882-89|
|British War Medal|
|Naval General Service Medal|
|King George V Coronation Medal||1911|
|Khedive's Star (Egypt)|
- The London Gazette: . 22 June 1897. Retrieved 10 August 2013.
- The London Gazette: . 2 August 1912. Retrieved 10 August 2013.
- The London Gazette: . 9 November 1923. Retrieved 10 August 2013.
- Clune, David; Turner, Ken (2009). The Governors of New South Wales: 1788-2010. Sydney: Federation Press. pp. 457–472.
- The London Gazette: . 16 June 1908. Retrieved 10 August 2013.
- The London Gazette: . 19 June 1914. Retrieved 10 August 2013.
- The London Gazette: . 14 March 1911. Retrieved 10 August 2013.
- The London Gazette: . 6 August 1912. Retrieved 10 August 2013.
Sir Walter Davidson
|Governor of New South Wales
1924 – 1930
Sir Phillip Game