James Ramsay (Australian governor)

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Sir James Maxwell Ramsay
Queen Street Mall opening by Governor Sir James Ramsay (8076109757).jpg
Queen Street Mall opening by Governor Sir James Ramsay, 1982
20th Governor of Queensland
In office
22 April 1977 – 21 July 1985
Preceded by Sir Colin Hannah
Succeeded by Sir Walter Campbell
Personal details
Born 27 August 1916
Hobart, Tasmania, Australia
Died 1 May 1986(1986-05-01) (aged 69)
Broadbeach, Queensland, Australia
Military service
Allegiance Australia Commonwealth of Australia
Service/branch  Royal Australian Navy
Years of service 1930 – 1972
Rank Commodore
Commands HMAS Warramunga
Battles/wars Second World War
Korean War
Awards Knight Commander of the Order of St Michael and St George
Knight Commander of the Royal Victorian Order
Commander of the Order of the British Empire
Distinguished Service Cross
Knight of the Order of St John
Officer of the Legion of Merit (United States)

Commodore Sir James Maxwell Ramsay KCMG KCVO CBE DSC (27 August 1916 – 1 May 1986) served as Governor of Queensland, Australia from 22 April 1977 until 21 July 1985.[1]

Ramsay was one of six surviving children, he attended the Macquarie Street State School and The Hutchins School in Hobart. He proved himself to be quite adept at what he attempted in these schools; he was successful in becoming a cadet captain, excelled in Rugby, and was a high achiever in academic and professional subjects.[2] He graduated from the Royal Australian Naval College at Jervis Bay in 1933 and had a distinguished naval career. In 1945 Ramsay attended Royal Naval Staff College, Greenwich, England, and in the same year married Janet Grace Burley. During World War II he served on British and Australian ships in the Indian, Atlantic, and Pacific Oceans, and 1972 he retired from the Navy.[3] He served as Lieutenant-Governor of Western Australia from 1974 until 1977. [4]

Ramsay married Janet Burley, a Red Cross welfare officer, on 24 November 1945 at the parish church, Denham, Buckinghamshire.[2]

Honours and decorations[edit]

Ord.St.Michele-Giorgio.png Royal Victorian Order UK ribbon.png

Knight-Bachelor.ribbon.png Order of the British Empire (Military) Ribbon.png Distinguished Service Cross (UK) ribbon.png Order of St John (UK) ribbon.png

1939-45 Star.gif AtlanticStarRibbon2.jpg Pacific Star.gif War Medal 1939–1945 (UK) ribbon.png

Australian Service Medal 1939-45 ribbon.jpg Korea Medal.svg United Nations Service Medal for Korea ribbon.png Us legion of merit officer rib.png

Ord.St.Michele-Giorgio.png Knight Commander of the Order of St Michael and St George (KCMG) 10 March 1978
Royal Victorian Order UK ribbon.png Knight Commander of the Royal Victorian Order (KCVO) 8 October 1982
Knight-Bachelor.ribbon.png Knight Bachelor 1 January 1976
Order of the British Empire (Military) Ribbon.png Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) 11 June 1966
Distinguished Service Cross (UK) ribbon.png Distinguished Service Cross (DSC) 23 June 1952
Order of St John (UK) ribbon.png Knight of the Order of St John (KStJ) 23 June 1952
1939-45 Star.gif 1939-45 Star
AtlanticStarRibbon2.jpg Atlantic Star
Pacific Star.gif Pacific Star
War Medal 1939–1945 (UK) ribbon.png War Medal 1939-1945
Australian Service Medal 1939-45 ribbon.jpg Australian Service Medal 1939-45
Korea Medal.svg Korea Medal
United Nations Service Medal for Korea ribbon.png United Nations Service Medal for Korea
Us legion of merit officer rib.png Officer of the Legion of Merit (United States) 26 April 1955
Korean War Service Medal ribbon.png Korean War Service Medal (South Korea) (Not worn)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Queensland Governors". Queensland Government. 5 August 2003. Archived from the original on 2008-03-05. Retrieved 2008-04-04. 
  2. ^ a b White, M.W. D. "Ramsay, Sir James Maxwell (1916–1986)". Australian Dictionary of Biography. Australian National University. Retrieved 10 April 2013. 
  3. ^ James, Ramsay. "Commodore Sir James Maxwell Ramsay KCMG KCVO CBE DSC". 
  4. ^ "Former governor dies". The Australian. 2 May 1986. p. 12. 
Government offices
Preceded by
Sir Colin Hannah
Governor of Queensland
1977 – 1985
Succeeded by
Sir Walter Campbell