John Dickson-Poynder, 1st Baron Islington
|The Right Honourable
The Lord Islington
GBE GCMG DSO PC
|Lord Islington in 1911.|
|15th Governor of New Zealand|
22 June 1910 – 3 December 1912
|Preceded by||The Lord Plunket|
|Succeeded by||The Earl of Liverpool|
31 October 1866|
Isle of Wight
|Died||6 December 1936
Hyde Park Gardens, London
John Poynder Dickson-Poynder, 1st Baron Islington GCMG, GBE, DSO, PC (31 October 1866 – 6 December 1936), born John Poynder Dickson and known as Sir John Poynder Dickson(-Poynder) from 1884 to 1910, was a British politician. He was Governor of New Zealand between 1910 and 1912.
The son of Rear Admiral John Bourmaster Dickson, he was born on the Isle of Wight and educated at Twyford School, Harrow and Christ Church, Oxford. In 1884 he succeeded his uncle as sixth baronet, and on succeeding to his maternal uncle's property he assumed by royal licence the additional surname of Poynder in 1888.
Member of Parliament
He was appointed High Sheriff of Wiltshire in 1890. Elected Conservative Member of Parliament for the Chippenham Division of Wiltshire in 1892, he joined the Liberals in 1905. He was a member of London County Council from 1898 to 1904.
He served in the Second Boer War with the Royal Wiltshire Yeomanry (having formerly been commissioned into the volunteer battalion of the Royal Scots) as aide-de-camp to Lord Methuen, for which he was awarded the Distinguished Service Order (DSO) in November 1900. He was later commissioned into the 1st Battalion, Imperial Yeomanry. On his return to the United Kingdom he was granted the rank of honorary Lieutenant of the Army.
Governor of New Zealand
In 1910 Dickson was appointed Governor of New Zealand, a post he held for two years, and on 27 April that same year, was created Baron Islington, of Islington in the County of London. He was the last Governor of New Zealand to hold the title before it changed to being Governor General during the office of his successor. He was made a KCMG and Privy Counsellor in 1911, and in 1912 was appointed President of the Royal Commission on the Public Services of India, on which he served with Lord Ronaldshay, Herbert Fisher, Mr Justice Abdur Rahim, and others.
Two years later he became Under-Secretary of State for the Colonies, and in 1915 he became Under-Secretary of State for India. He also chaired the Imperial Institute for eight years, and was in charge of the National Savings Committee from 1920 until 1926, when he was appointed a Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the British Empire (GBE), having become Knight Grand Cross of the Order of St Michael and St George (GCMG) thirteen years before.
- The London Gazette: . 24 January 1888.
- A. H. McLintock, ed. (updated 23-Apr-09). "ISLINGTON, Sir John Poynder Dickson-Poynder, Bt., Baron; P.C., G.C.M.G., G.B.E., D.S.O., K.J.St.J.". An Encyclopaedia of New Zealand. Ministry for Culture and Heritage / Te Manatū Taonga. Retrieved 11 November 2010.
- The London Gazette: . 27 September 1901.
- The London Gazette: . 3 January 1902.
- The London Gazette: . 29 April 1910.
- "Lord Islington, KCMG, DSO, PC". The Governor-General. Retrieved 12 November 2010.
- "Earl of Liverpool, GCB, GCMG, GBE, MVO, PC". The Governor-General. Retrieved 12 November 2010.
- London Gazette, Issue 28642 of 6 September 1912, p. 6631
- Hansard 1803–2005: contributions in Parliament by Lord Islington
|Parliament of the United Kingdom|
Lord Henry Bruce
|Member of Parliament for Chippenham
The Lord Plunket
|Governor of New Zealand
The Earl of Liverpool
The Lord Emmott
|Under-Secretary of State for the Colonies
Charles Henry Roberts
|Under-Secretary of State for India
The Lord Sinha
|Peerage of the United Kingdom|
|New creation||Baron Islington
(of Hardingham Hall)