Charles Mitchell (governor)

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
For other people named Charles Mitchell, see Charles Mitchell (disambiguation).
Sir Charles Bullen Hugh Mitchell
GCMG
Charles Mitchell.jpg
Charles Mitchell
Acting Governor of Natal
In office
1881–1882
Monarch Victoria
Preceded by Redvers Buller
Succeeded by Sir Henry Bulwer
3rd High Commissioner for the Western Pacific
In office
January 1887 – February 1888
Monarch Victoria
Preceded by Sir John Bates Thurston (acting)
Succeeded by Sir John Thurston
4th Governor of Fiji
In office
January 1887 – February 1888
Monarch Victoria
Preceded by Sir John Bates Thurston (acting)
Succeeded by Sir John Thurston
Acting Governor of the Leeward Islands
In office
1888–1888
Monarch Victoria
Preceded by Jenico Preston, 14th Viscount Gormanston
Succeeded by Sir William Smith
7th Governor of Natal
In office
1889–1893
Monarch Victoria
Preceded by Sir Arthur Havelock
Succeeded by Francis Haden (acting)
17th Governor of the Straits Settlements
In office
1 February 1894 – 7 December 1899
Monarch Victoria
Preceded by William Edward Maxwell
Succeeded by James Swettenham
Personal details
Born 1836
London, United Kingdom
Died 7 December 1899(1899-12-07) (aged 62–63)
Singapore
Resting place St. Andrew's Cathedral, Singapore
Citizenship British
Spouse(s) Fanny Rice (d.1885)
Eliza Weldon,
Children Hugh Mitchell
Military service
Service/branch Royal Marines
Years of service 1852-1878
Rank Lieutenant Colonel

Sir Charles Bullen Hugh Mitchell GCMG (1836 – 7 December 1899) was a lieutenant-colonel in the Royal Marines, before joining the Colonial Service, in which he served in British Honduras, British Guiana, Natal. He then served as Governor of Fiji, of the British Colony of Natal & Zululand (1881–1882), and of the Straits Settlements (1 February 1894 to 7 December 1899).

He attended the Royal Naval School and joined the Royal Marines in 1852. He served with them in the Baltic campaigns from 1854-1856. He retired from the marines in 1878.

Mitchell's first wife Fanny Rice died in 1885. He remarried to Eliza Weldon. He had a son, Colonel Hugh Mitchell, RM,

Mitchell died on 7 December 1899. He was buried in St. Andrew's Cathedral, Singapore, his tombstone was erected "To the glory of God and in memory of His Excellency Lieutenant Colonel Sir Charles Bullen Hugh Mitchell Royal Marine Light Infantry, G.C.M.G. Governor of the Colony who died in Singapore on 7 December 1899. This tablet is erected by the members of the Civil Service of the Straits Settlements."

Marines from the HMS Hermione served as an honour guard and pallbearers for the Mitchell's funeral[1]

Mitchell Park Zoo in Durban, South Africa is named after him.

References[edit]

  1. ^ North China Herald, 2 May 1900, p785
Government offices
Preceded by
Redvers Buller
Governor of Natal, acting
1881-1882
Succeeded by
Sir Henry Bulwer
Preceded by
Sir John Bates Thurston, acting
High Commissioner for the Western Pacific
1887–1888
Succeeded by
Sir John Bates Thurston
Governor of Fiji
1887–1888
Preceded by
Lord Gormanston
Governor of the Leeward Islands, acting
1888
Succeeded by
Sir William Frederick Haynes Smith
Preceded by
Sir Arthur Havelock
Governor of Natal
1889-1893
Succeeded by
Sir Francis Haden, acting
Preceded by
William Edward Maxwell, acting
Governor of the Straits Settlements
1894–1899
Succeeded by
James Alexander Sweetenham, acting