Hugh Binney

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Sir Thomas Hugh Binney
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16th Governor of Tasmania
In office
24 December 1945 – 8 May 1951
Monarch George VI
Preceded by Sir Ernest Clark
Succeeded by Sir Ronald Cross
Personal details
Born Thomas Hugh Binney
(1883-12-09)9 December 1883
Douglas, Isle of Man
Died 8 January 1953(1953-01-08) (aged 69)
Colchester, Essex
Nationality British
Awards Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath
Knight Commander of the Order of St Michael and St George
Distinguished Service Order
Military service
Allegiance  United Kingdom
Service/branch Royal Navy
Years of service 1897–1945
Rank Admiral
Commands Commandant Royal College of Defence Studies
1st Battle Squadron
HMS Hood
HMS Nelson
HMS Cardiff
Battles/wars First World War
Second World War

Admiral Sir Thomas Hugh Binney KCB, KCMG, DSO (9 December 1883 – 8 January 1953) was a senior officer in the Royal Navy and Governor of Tasmania from 1945 to 1951.

Early life[edit]

Binney was born in Douglas, Isle of Man on 9 December 1883, the son of Thomas Godfrey Binney and his wife, Susan Lockhart.[1]

Naval career[edit]

Binney was determined to pursue a career with the Royal Navy from an early age, and he joined the training vessel HMS Britannia at Dartmouth at the age of 13.[2]

He served at sea from 1899 until 1914, and was then aboard HMS Queen Elizabeth as a gunnery officer for the Dardanelles Campaign. Binney had been promoted to the rank of Commander by 1916, and was awarded the Distinguished Service Order in 1919. He was made Captain whilst on the China Station in 1922. He became Deputy Director of Plans at the Admiralty in 1925.[2] He went on to be Flag Captain on HMS Nelson in 1928, Captain of HMS Hood in 1932 and Chief of Staff to Commander-in-Chief, Plymouth in 1933.[2]

In 1934 he was promoted to Rear Admiral, and as of 1936, he commanded the 1st Battle Squadron, Mediterranean Fleet.[2] When World War II broke out, he was Commandant of the Imperial Defence College in London.[2] He served as flag officer (ashore), Orkney Islands and Shetland Islands, Scotland,[2] and was made Admiral in 1942. He then served as flag officer-in-charge, in Cardiff before retiring from the navy in 1945.[2]

Governor of Tasmania[edit]

Following his retirement from the navy, Hugh Binney was chosen to replace Ernest Clark as Governor of Tasmania, a post he took up on 24 December 1945.[1] He excelled at the post, and was a popular governor. Despite this, his governorship was not a quiet one. He oversaw the Robert Cosgrove government forced to call an early election in 1948 due to the Legislative Council rejecting the supply bill.[1] He again dissolved the second Cosgrove government in 1950 due to the retirement of speaker of the house, W.G. Wedd, in protest at the appointment of Thomas D'Alton as Agent General for Tasmania.[1]

The Binneys both engaged themselves in the Tasmanian way of life, and were both involved in many social organisations. Hugh Binney was a member of the Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania, and won the Derwent Sailing Pennant in 1951.[1] He retired as Governor on 8 May 1951 and immediately returned to England.[1]

Later life[edit]

Hugh Binney was made a Companion of the Order of the Bath (CB) in 1935, and was elevated to Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath (KCB) in 1940. He married Elizabeth Bride Blair-Imrie, a granddaughter of Brigadier General Eyre Macdonell Stewart Crabbe, at the parish church of St Martin-in-the-Fields, London on 31 October 1942, but they were never to have children. She excelled in the role of governor's wife. Sir Hugh Binney was elevated to Knight Commander of the Order of St Michael and St George in 1951, and following surgery for cholecystitis, he died of pulmonary embolism on 8 January 1953.[1]


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Military offices
Preceded by
Sir Arthur Longmore
Commandant of the Imperial Defence College
Title next held by
Sir William Slim
Government offices
Preceded by
Sir Ernest Clark
Governor of Tasmania
Succeeded by
Sir Ronald Cross