Gordon Reid (governor)
|28th Governor of Western Australia|
2 July 1984 – September 1989
|Preceded by||Sir Richard Trowbridge|
|Succeeded by||Sir Francis Burt|
|Born||Gordon Stanley Reid
22 September 1923
Hurstville, New South Wales, Australia
|Died||26 October 1989
Perth, Western Australia, Australia
|Alma mater||London School of Economics
Nuffield College, Oxford
|Service/branch||Royal Australian Air Force|
|Years of service||1942–1946|
Gordon Stanley Reid AC (22 September 1923 – 26 October 1989) was an Australian academic who served as the 28th Governor of Western Australia. Born in Hurstville, a suburb of Sydney, New South Wales, he was educated at Hurstville Boys High School before enlisting in the Royal Australian Air Force, where he served as a Flying Officer during the Second World War. After the conclusion of the war, Reid studied at the London School of Economics in England, later winning a scholarship to Nuffield College at the University of Oxford. Having obtained his Doctorate of Philosophy (PhD), Reid lectured at the University of Adelaide before serving as the vice-chancellor of the University of Western Australia from 1978 to 1982. Appointed governor in 1984, he served in the position until 1989, resigning a month before his death from cancer.
Reid was educated at Hurstville Boys High School in New South Wales from 1934 to 1937, then enlisted in the Royal Australian Air Force in 1942, reaching the rank of Flying Officer by the time of his discharge in 1946. He met and married his wife, Ruth, in Brighton, England while stationed at RAF Gamston. In his civilian career Reid worked as a reading clerk, accountant and clerk of papers. He was clerk of records for the Australian House of Representatives from 1952 to 1955, and was Serjeant-at-Arms at Parliament House, Canberra while studying for his Commerce degree. He then travelled to England where he obtained his master's degree and his Doctor of Philosophy degree at the London School of Economics. He won a Nuffield Scholarship.
Prior to serving as governor in 1984, Professor Reid lectured at Adelaide University and served at the University of Western Australia as Vice-Chancellor (1978–82) and Professor of Politics (1966–70, 1974–78, 1983–84). He was the author and joint author of various books and publications on Australian politics including:
- The politics of financial control (1966)
- Out of the wilderness: the return of Labor (1974)
- The Western Australian elections (1974)
- The premiers of Western Australia, 1890–1982 (1982)
As part of the Australian parliament's bicentenary publications project, Professor Reid, assisted by Dr Martin Forrest, was commissioned to write a history of the Parliament.
In 1986, he was appointed a Companion of the Order of Australia (AC).
- Papers of Professor Gordon Stanley Reid ( –1989), National Library of Australia
- The Reid Oration to honour Professor Reid's contribution to public life.
- Spillman, Ken (Ed.): A Gentle Man. Memories of Professor Gordon Reid 1923–1989. (1990) ISBN 0-9589701-1-4
Sir Richard Trowbridge
|Governor of Western Australia
Sir Francis Burt