Sir Reginald Alexander Dallas Brooks
GCMG, KCB, KCVO, DSO, KStJ
Sir Dallas Brooks
|19th Governor of Victoria|
18 October 1949 – 7 May 1963
|Monarch||King George VI (1949–1952)
Queen Elizabeth II (1952–1963)
|Preceded by||Sir Winston Dugan|
|Succeeded by||Sir Rohan Delacombe|
|Born||Reginald Alexander Dallas Brooks
22 August 1896
Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, England, United Kingdom
|Died||22 March 1966
Frankston, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
|Spouse(s)||Muriel Violet Turner Laing|
|Awards||Distinguished Service Order (1918)|
|Years of service||1914–1949|
|Commands||Political Warfare Executive
Commandant General Royal Marines
|Battles/wars||World War I
World War II
|Full name||Reginald Alexander Dallas Brooks|
2 August 1896|
Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, England
|Died||22 March 1966
Frankston, Victoria, Australia
|Bowling style||Right-arm medium|
|Domestic team information|
|Source: Cricinfo, 1 February 2010|
General Sir Reginald Alexander Dallas Brooks GCMG, KCB, KCVO, DSO, KStJ (22 August 1896 – 22 March 1966) was a British military commander who went on to become the 19th and longest-serving Governor of Victoria, Australia.
He was educated Dover College and joined the Royal Marines in 1914. During World War I service he was severely wounded during the Gallipoli landings in 1915. He took part in the Zeebrugge Raid in 1918, for which he was awarded a Distinguished Service Order.
Upon returning from war, Brooks made his first-class debut for the Royal Navy against Cambridge University in 1919 as a right-handed batsman who bowled right-arm medium. The same season he made his debut for Hampshire against Surrey in the County Championship. Brooks represented Hampshire eight times in the 1919, making his maiden first-class century against Gloucestershire with a score of 107.
He represented Hampshire in nine first-class matches between 1919 and 1921, with his final first-class appearance for the county coming against Middlesex. He scored 244 runs for Hampshire at a batting average of 16.26, with one century and one half century and a high score of 107.
In 1920 Brooks made his second first-class century, this time for the Royal Navy against the Army, which gave him his highest first-class score of 143. He played as an all-rounder for the Royal Navy, a role he did not fill at Hampshire.
In all Brooks represented the Royal Navy in sixteen first-class matches, with his final appearance for them coming against the Royal Air Force in 1929. In his sixteen matches for the Royal Navy, Brooks scored 690 runs at a batting average of 23.00, with one century and two half centuries and a highest score of 143. With the ball he took 38 wickets at a bowling average of 27.63, with one five wicket haul which gave him his career best figures of 8/90.
Additionally, he represented the Combined Services with four first-class matches.
Brooks graduated from the Royal Navy Staff College in 1934, and from 1943 served as Director-General (Military) of the Political Warfare Executive. In 1946 he was appointed Commandant General Royal Marines in the rank of lieutenant general. He was promoted to general in 1948, knighted that year, and retired in May 1949.
Governor of Victoria
Brooks was appointed Governor of Victoria by Premier Thomas Hollway and served between 1949 and 1963. During his term as Governor of Victoria he acted as Administrator of the Commonwealth three times. He served in this capacity for almost seven months after the Governor-General Viscount Dunrossil suddenly died in office in 1961 after serving only one year. Sir Dallas was in effect Acting Governor-General until the appointment of the Viscount De L'Isle.
Brooks served the state for over 13 years, becoming Victoria's longest-serving governor. After his term ended in 1963, he chose to remain in Australia in retirement. He built a house in Frankston and died there three years later.
Dallas Brooks was Grand Master of the United Grand Lodge of Victoria (Masonic Lodge or Freemasons) from 1951–1963. He was Victoria's longest serving Grand Master, and he is the only governor of any Australian state initiated to the craft while serving as governor. Brooks had expressed a desire to become a freemason while in England but he had also stated that he preferred to become initiated in Australia. He met with the Grand Master of Victoria and notified him. He was initiated in the Clarke Lodge No. 98 on 6 February 1950 and was passed and raised within two months. He became Worshipful Master of the Lodge only five months after his initiation and he was elected Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Victoria the following year.
In 1969 the United Grand Lodge of Victoria built a concert hall in East Melbourne. The Hall was renamed in 1993 from the Dallas Brooks Hall to the Dallas Brooks Centre and is still a major events venue in Melbourne.
The Melbourne suburb of Dallas was named after Sir Dallas, as well as Dallas Brooks Drive in Kings Domain. The official residence of the Governor of Victoria, Government House, is located on the corner of Birdwood Avenue and Dallas Brooks Drive.
He was the grandfather of journalist and television presenter Jennifer Byrne.
Honours and awards
Sir Thomas Hunton
|Commandant General Royal Marines
1946 – 1949
Sir Leslie Hollis
Sir Winston Dugan
|Governor of Victoria
Sir Rohan Delacombe
- Sir Dallas Brooks at Australian Dictionary of Biography
- Battling by team Cricket Archive
- Bowling by team Cricket Archive
- Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives
- Kent Henderson, The Masonic Grand Masters of Australia, Ian Drakeford Publishing, Bayswater, 1988, pp.194–195
- Vice Regal Grand Masters - Who and Why?
- Reginald Brooks at Cricinfo
- Reginald Brooks at CricketArchive
- Matches and detailed statistics for Reginald Brooks