|Sir Thomas Hugh Binney
KCB, KCMG, DSO
|16th Governor of Tasmania|
24 December 1945 – 8 May 1951
|Monarch||King George VI|
|Preceded by||Sir Ernest Clark|
|Succeeded by||Sir Ronald Cross|
|Born||Thomas Hugh Binney
9 December 1883
Douglas, Isle of Man, England, UK
|Died||8 January 1953
Colchester, Essex, England, UK
|Years of service||1896–1945|
|Commands||1st Battle Squadron|
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. 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.
In 1934 he was promoted to Rear Admiral, and as of 1936, he commanded the 1st Battle Squadron, Mediterranean Fleet. When World War II broke out, he was Commandant of the Imperial Defence College in London. He served as flag officer (ashore), Orkney Islands and Shetland Islands, Scotland, and was made Admiral in 1942. He then served as flag officer-in-charge, in Cardiff before retiring from the navy in 1945.
Governor of Tasmania
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. 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. 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.
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. He retired as Governor on 8 May 1951 and immediately returned to England.
Hugh Binney was made a Companion of the Order of the Bath (C.B.) in 1935, and was elevated to Knight Commander to the Order of the Bath (K.C.B) in 1940. He married Elizabeth Bride Blair-Imrie, a granddaughter of Brigadier-General Eyre 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 Knights 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.
Sir Arthur Longmore
|Commandant of the Imperial Defence College
Title next held bySir William Slim
Sir Ernest Clark
|Governor of Tasmania
Sir Ronald Cross