Charles Du Cane
|Sir Charles Du Cane
|3rd Governor of Tasmania|
15 January 1869 – 30 November 1874
|Preceded by||Colonel Thomas Browne|
|Succeeded by||Frederick Weld|
5 December 1825|
Ryde, Isle of Wight, England
|Died||25 February 1889
Witham, Essex, England
|Spouse(s)||Georgiana Susan Copley|
Sir Charles Du Cane, KCMG (5 December 1825 – 25 February 1889) was a British Conservative Party politician and colonial administrator who was a Member of Parliament from 1852–1854 and Governor of Tasmania from 1868 to 1874.
Du Cane was born in Ryde on the Isle of Wight, England in 1825, the son of Charles Du Cane of Braxted Park and Frances Prideaux-Brune. He was educated at the Charterhouse School in Surrey and Exeter College, Oxford. From 1848 to 1855, Du Cane played first class cricket for the Marylebone Cricket Club as a batsman.
In 1852, he was elected to the House of Commons as a Member of Parliament (MP) for Maldon in Essex, but his election was declared void after it was discovered that Du Cane's agents had been involved in bribery although it was established that Du Cane was unaware of the corruption. He spent two years on Lord of the Admiralty as the civil Lord. At the 1857 general election he was elected as MP for Northern Essex, and held the seat until the division was abolished at the 1868 general election.
Du Cane was appointed Governor of Tasmania, and was sworn in at Hobart Town on 15 January 1869. He faced a minor constitutional crisis when the Premier of Tasmania, James Milne Wilson, threatened to resign after a taxation scheme he had proposed was defeated in parliament, which would have left Tasmania without a government, although Wilson withdrew his resignation and a general election took place.
Du Cane's tenure in Tasmania saw the colony grow strong and prosperous, partly due to industrial and resources booms and the improvement of communication between Tasmania, the mainland and England. He left Hobart in November 1874, and was appointed KCMG the next year after his return to England. Du Cane died at his family estate in Braxted Park, Essex on 25 February 1889, survived by five children, including the artist Ella Du Cane.
- Charles Du Cane (England), CricInfo.
- Hansard's Parliamentary Debates: House of Commons – Maldon Election, Parliament of Great Britain, 18 March 1853.
- Craig, F. W. S. (1989) . British parliamentary election results 1832–1885 (2nd ed.). Chichester: Parliamentary Research Services. p. 386. ISBN 0-900178-26-4.
- Gordon Rimmer, 'Du Cane, Sir Charles (1825–1889)', Australian Dictionary of Biography, Volume 4, Melbourne University Press, 1972, pp 106–107.
- Hansard 1803–2005: contributions in Parliament by Charles Du Cane
|Parliament of the United Kingdom|
David Waddington and
Thomas Barrett Lennard
|Member of Parliament for Maldon
With: Taverner John Miller
George Sandford and
Sir John Tyssen Tyrell
|Member of Parliament for North Essex
1857 – 1868
With: William Beresford to 1865
Sir Thomas Burch Western, Bt from 1865
Thomas Gore Browne
|Governor of Tasmania