George Jackson Carey

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Sir George Carey
Born 5 October 1822
Died 12 June 1872 (aged 49)
Allegiance United Kingdom United Kingdom
Service/branch Flag of the British Army.svg British Army
Rank Major-General
Commands held Northern District
Battles/wars Cape Frontier Wars
Capture of Orakau
Awards Companion of the Order of the Bath

Major-General George Jackson Carey CB (5 October 1822 – 12 June 1872) was a British Army officer who achieved high office in the 1860s.

Early life[edit]

Carey was the eldest son of Thomas Carey, of Rozel, Guernsey, by his second wife, Barbara, daughter of Colonel Jackson, M.P.[1] He was educated at Elizabeth College in Guernsey.[2]

Military career[edit]

Carey was commissioned into the Cape Mounted Rifles in 1845[3] and served in the Cape Frontier Wars as few years later.[3] Having served with distinction in the Cape Mounted Rifles, of which he became major, he was military secretary to Sir James Jackson, when commanding the forces at the Cape, and was ultimately colonel of the 18th Irish.[1]

Carey subsequently transferred to 2nd Bn 18th (Royal Irish) Regiment of Foot and, in 1863, went to New Zealand where he commanded the troops at the Capture of Orakau, a Māori stronghold.[3] In 1865 he signed a peace treaty with Wiremu Tamihana, the Māori leader.[4]

He served as acting Governor and Administrator of Victoria between May and August 1866,[5] a Brigade commander at Aldershot in 1867 and General Officer Commanding Northern District in 1871.[3] He died the following year.[3]


In February 1861 he married Olivia Hester Thompson and together they went on to have four children.[3]


  1. ^ a b Mennell, Philip (1892). "Wikisource link to Carey, Major-General George Jackson". The Dictionary of Australasian Biography. London: Hutchinson & Co. Wikisource 
  2. ^ Wikisource link to Carey, George Jackson (DNB00). London: Elder Smith & Co.. Wikisource. 1900. pp. 66–67.  Wikisource link [scan]
  3. ^ a b c d e f George Carey at Oxford Dictionary of National Biography
  4. ^ Norris, Hensleigh Carthew Marryat 1893 - 1980 Dictionary of New Zealand Biography
  5. ^ McConville, Chris. "Carey, George Jackson (1822–1872)". Australian Dictionary of Biography. Canberra: Australian National University. Retrieved 26 November 2013. 
Military offices
Preceded by
Sir John Garvock
GOC Northern District
Succeeded by
Daniel Lysons