|12th Governor of Queensland|
15 March 1915 – 3 February 1920
|Monarch||King George V|
|Preceded by||Sir William MacGregor|
|Succeeded by||Sir Matthew Nathan|
27 June 1858|
County Cork, Ireland, UK
|Died||12 April 1920
Cape Town, Cape Province, South Africa
|Children||Richard John Moreton Goold-Adams
Elizabeth Mary Goold-Adams
Born in the town of Jamesbrook in County Cork, Ireland, Goold-Adams was a cadet in the training ship HMS Conway until he decided to join the British Army and was commissioned in the Royal Scots Regiment, serving principally in southern Africa, where he achieved the rank of captain in 1885 and major in 1895. During the Second Boer War he served first as Resident Commissioner in Bechuanaland and afterwards as commander of the Town Guard during the latter half of the Siege of Mafeking where he was twice Mentioned in Despatches.
He returned to England in 1911 where he married a Canadian named Elsie Riordon on 4 July. Later that year he was appointed British High Commissioner to Cyprus. In 1914 he was made Governor of Queensland, and arrived in Brisbane just before the election of Queensland's first majority Labor government, under Premier T. J. Ryan. He occasionally disapproved of Labor's policies and majority appointments to the Legislative Council of Queensland.
Lady Morgan, accompanied by Governor Sir Hamilton John Goold-Adams, presenting a bouquet on the Bombala, Brisbane, 1915
- D. J. Murphy, 'Goold-Adams, Sir Hamilton John (1858 - 1920)', Australian Dictionary of Biography, Volume 9, Melbourne University Press, 1983, p. 50.
- Elizabeth Main: Man of Mafeking: The Bechuanaland Years of Sir Hamilton Goold-Adams, 1884-1901, Botswana Society (Botswana), 1996.
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