George Thomas Michael O'Brien

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George Thomas Michael O'Brien

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6th Governor of Fiji
In office
March 1897 – 1901
MonarchVictoria
Preceded bySir John Thurston
Succeeded bySir William Allardyce (acting)
5th High Commissioner for the Western Pacific
In office
March 1897 – 1901
Preceded bySir John Thurston
Succeeded bySir William Allardyce (acting)
9th Colonial Secretary of Hong Kong
In office
1892–1895
Preceded byFrancis Fleming
Succeeded bySir James Stewart Lockhart
19th Accountant General and Controller of Revenue
In office
18 October 1890 – 31 July 1891
Preceded byW. H. Ravenscroft
Succeeded byJames Alexander Swettenham
Treasurer of Ceylon
In office
6 August 1886 – 1890
Preceded byWilliam Dumaresq Wright
Succeeded byFrederick Richard Saunders
Personal details
Born5 November 1844
Died12 April 1906(1906-04-12) (aged 61)
OccupationColonial administrator

Sir George Thomas Michael O'Brien KCMG (Chinese: 柯布連) (5 November 1844 – 12 April 1906) was a British colonial official who served as Colonial Secretary of Hong Kong from 1892 to 1895, and as Governor of Fiji and High Commissioner for the Western Pacific from 1897 to June 1901.

Career[edit]

O'Brien was the 19th Accountant General and Controller of Revenue of British Ceylon. He was appointed on 18 October 1890, succeeding W. H. Ravenscroft, and held the office until 31 July 1891. He was succeeded by J. A. Swettenham.[1] He also served as Treasurer of Ceylon from 1886 to 1890.

He became Colonial Secretary of Hong Kong in 1892, a position he held until 1895. In 1897, he succeeded John Thurston as Governor of Fiji and High Commissioner for the Western Pacific. He was recalled in June 1901 following a conflict with the New Zealand Government led by Richard Seddon regarding a proposed Federation of Fiji and New Zealand.[2]

He died in 1906.[3]

O'Brien Road (柯布連道) in Wan Chai, Hong Kong was named after him.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Former Auditor Generals". auditorgeneral.gov.lk. Retrieved 13 December 2013.
  2. ^ Angus Ross, New Zealand Aspirations in the Pacific in the Nineteenth Century, Oxford, Clarendon Press, 1964, p. 277.
  3. ^ The Brisbane Courier, Page5, 19 April 1906
  4. ^ Yanne, Andrew; Heller, Gillis (2009). Signs of a Colonial Era. Hong Kong University Press. p. 83. ISBN 9789622099449.
Legal offices
Preceded by
W. H. Ravenscroft
Accountant General and Controller of Revenue
1890–1891
Succeeded by
J. A. Swettenham
Government offices
Preceded by
William Dumaresq Wright
Treasurer of Ceylon
1886–1890
Succeeded by
Frederick Richard Saunders
Preceded by
Francis Fleming
Colonial Secretary of Hong Kong
1892-1895
Succeeded by
Sir James Stewart Lockhart
Preceded by
Sir John Bates Thurston
High Commissioner for the Western Pacific
1897–1901
Succeeded by
William Lamond Allardyce, acting
Governor of Fiji
1897–1901