Governor of Fiji

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Governor of Fiji
Flag of Fiji 1924-1970.svg
Flag of Fiji from 1924 to 1970
Style His Excellency The Right Honourable
Appointer King/Queen of the United Kingdom
Formation 10 October 1874
First holder The Rt Hon. Hercules Robinson
Final holder The Rt Hon. Robert Sidney Foster
Abolished 10 October 1970
Coat of arms of Fiji.svg
This article is part of a series on the
politics and government of
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Constitution

Fiji was a British Crown Colony from 1874 to 1970, and an independent Dominion in the British Commonwealth from 1970 to 1987. During this period, the Head of State was the British Monarch, but in practice his or her functions were normally exercised locally by the Governor prior to independence (on 10 October 1970), and by the Governor-General prior to the proclamation of a republic on 7 October 1987.

Note that from 1877 to 3 July 1952, Governors of Fiji were also High Commissioners for the Western Pacific.

# Incumbent Portrait Tenure Monarch
Took office Left office
Fiji
1. Sir Hercules Robinson LordRosmead.jpg 10 October 1874 June 1875 Victoria
2. Sir Arthur Hamilton-Gordon Sir Arthur Hamilton Gordon.jpg 19 August 1875 1880 Victoria
3. Sir William Des Vœux Sir G. William Des Voeux.jpg 20 December 1880 21 January 1885 Victoria
John Bates Thurston
Acting
John Bates Thurston.jpg 21 January 1885 1 January 1887 Victoria
4. Sir Charles Mitchell Charles Mitchell.jpg 1 January 1887 February 1888 Victoria
5. Sir John Bates Thurston John Bates Thurston.jpg February 1888 7 February 1897 Victoria
6. George Thomas Michael O'Brien George Thomas Michael O'Brien.jpg March 1897 1901 Victoria
Sir William Allardyce
Acting
William Lamond Allardyce.jpg 1901 10 September 1902 Edward VII
7. Sir Henry Jackson 10 September 1902 11 October 1904 Edward VII
8. Sir Everard im Thurn 11 October 1904 1910 Edward VII
Sir Charles Major
Acting
1910 21 February 1911 Edward VII
George V
9. Sir Francis May Francis Henry May.gif 21 February 1911 25 July 1912 George V
10. Sir Ernest Sweet-Escott Sir Ernest Bickham Sweet-Escott .png 25 July 1912 10 October 1918 George V
Sir Eyre Hutson
Acting for Sweet-Escott
1915 1916 George V
11. Sir Cecil Hunter-Rodwell 10 October 1918 25 April 1925 George V
Sir Eyre Hutson
Acting for Hunter-Rodwell
1919 1919 George V
12. Sir Eyre Hutson 25 April 1925 22 November 1929 George V
13. Sir Arthur Fletcher 22 November 1929 May 1936 George V
Edward VIII
Sir Cecil Barton
Acting
May 1936 November 1936 Edward VIII
14. Sir Sir Arthur Richards 28 November 1936 August 1938 Edward VIII
George VI
Sir Cecil Barton
Acting
August 1938 September 1938 George V
15. Sir Harry Luke 16 September 1938 21 July 1942 George V
16. Sir Philip Mitchell Philip Euen Mitchell.png 21 July 1942 12 January 1944 George V
Sir John Rankine
Acting
12 January 1944 4 May 1944 George V
Sir John Nicoll
Acting
4 May 1944 23 October 1944
Sir John Rankine
Acting
23 October 1944 1 January 1945 George V
17. Sir Alexander Grantham SirAlexanderGrantham.jpg 1 January 1945 21 March 1947 George V
Sir John Nicoll
Acting
21 March 1947 8 October 1947 George V
18. Sir Brian Freeston 8 October 1947 6 October 1952 George V
Elizabeth II
19. Sir Ronald Garvey 6 October 1952 28 October 1958 Elizabeth II
20. Kenneth Maddocks 28 October 1958 6 January 1964 Elizabeth II
21. Sir Derek Jakeway 6 January 1964 December 1968 Elizabeth II
22. Sir Robert Sidney Foster December 1968 10 October 1970 Elizabeth II

In 1970, Fiji gained independence from the United Kingdom. After independence, the Viceroy in Fiji was the Governor-General of Fiji.

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