Governor of Fiji

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Governor of Fiji
Flag of the Governor of Fiji (1908–1970).svg
StyleHis Excellency The Right Honourable
AppointerKing/Queen of the United Kingdom
Formation10 October 1874
First holderSir Hercules Robinson
Final holderSir Robert Sidney Foster
Abolished10 October 1970
SuccessionGovernor-General of Fiji
Coat of arms of Fiji.svg
This article is part of a series on the
politics and government of
Fiji

Fiji was a British Crown Colony from 1874 to 1970, and an independent Dominion in the 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.

List of Governors of Fiji (1874–1970)[edit]

Governor of Fiji
Name
(Birth–Death)
Portrait Tenure Monarch
Took office Left office
Colony of Fiji
1. Sir Hercules Robinson
(1824–1897)
LordRosmead.jpg 10 October 1874 June 1875 Queen Victoria by Bassano.jpg

Victoria

2. Sir Arthur Hamilton-Gordon
(1829–1912)
Sir Arthur Hamilton Gordon.jpg 19 August 1875 1880
3. Sir William Des Vœux
(1834–1909)
Sir G. William Des Voeux.jpg 20 December 1880 21 January 1885
John Bates Thurston
(1836–1897)
Acting Governor
John Bates Thurston.jpg 21 January 1885 1 January 1887
4. Sir Charles Mitchell
(1836–1899)
Charles Mitchell.jpg 1 January 1887 February 1888
5. Sir John Bates Thurston
(1836–1897)
John Bates Thurston.jpg February 1888 7 February 1897
6. Sir George T. M. O'Brien
(1844–1906)
George Thomas Michael O'Brien.jpg March 1897 1901
Sir William Allardyce
(1861–1930)
Acting Governor
William Lamond Allardyce.jpg 1901 10 September 1902 Edward VII in coronation robes.jpg

Edward VII

7. Sir Henry Jackson
(1849–1908)
Henrymoorejackson.jpg 10 September 1902 11 October 1904
8. Sir Everard im Thurn
(1852–1932)
Coat of arms of Fiji.svg 11 October 1904 1910
Sir Charles Major
(1860–1933)
Acting Governor
Coat of arms of Fiji.svg 1910 21 February 1911
Kinggeorgev1923.jpg

George V

9. Sir Francis May
(1860–1922)
Francis Henry May.gif 21 February 1911 25 July 1912
10. Sir Ernest Sweet-Escott
(1857–1941)
Coat of arms of Fiji.svg 25 July 1912 10 October 1918
Sir Eyre Hutson
(1864–1936)
Acting for Sweet-Escott
Coat of arms of Fiji.svg 1915 1916
11. Sir Cecil Hunter-Rodwell
(1874–1953)
Coat of arms of Fiji.svg 10 October 1918 25 April 1925
Sir Eyre Hutson
(1864–1936)
Acting for Hunter-Rodwell
Coat of arms of Fiji.svg 1919 1919
12. Sir Eyre Hutson
(1864–1936)
Coat of arms of Fiji.svg 25 April 1925 22 November 1929
13. Sir Murchison Fletcher
(1878–1954)
Coat of arms of Fiji.svg 22 November 1929 May 1936
HRH The Prince of Wales No 4 (HS85-10-36416).jpg

Edward VIII

Sir Cecil Barton
(1891–1980)
Acting Governor
Coat of arms of Fiji.svg May 1936 November 1936
14. Sir Arthur Richards
(1885–1978)
Coat of arms of Fiji.svg 28 November 1936 August 1938
King George VI of England, formal photo portrait, circa 1940-1946.jpg

George VI

Sir Cecil Barton
(1891–1980)
Acting Governor
Coat of arms of Fiji.svg August 1938 September 1938
15. Sir Harry Luke
(1884–1969)
Coat of arms of Fiji.svg 16 September 1938 21 July 1942
16. Sir Philip Mitchell
(1890–1964)
Coat of arms of Fiji.svg 21 July 1942 12 January 1944
Sir John Rankine
(1907–1987)
Acting Governor
Coat of arms of Fiji.svg 12 January 1944 4 May 1944
Sir John Nicoll
(1899–1981)
Acting Governor
John Fearns Nicoll2.jpg 4 May 1944 23 October 1944
Sir John Rankine
(1907–1987)
Acting Governor
Coat of arms of Fiji.svg 23 October 1944 1 January 1945
17. Sir Alexander Grantham
(1899–1978)
Coat of arms of Fiji.svg 1 January 1945 21 March 1947
Sir John Nicoll
(1899–1981)
Acting Governor
John Fearns Nicoll2.jpg 21 March 1947 8 October 1947
18. Sir Brian Freeston
(1892–1958)
Coat of arms of Fiji.svg 8 October 1947 6 October 1952
Queen Elizabeth II in March 2015.jpg

Elizabeth II

19. Sir Ronald Garvey
(1903–1991)
Coat of arms of Fiji.svg 6 October 1952 28 October 1958
20. Sir Kenneth Maddocks
(1907–2001)
Coat of arms of Fiji.svg 28 October 1958 6 January 1964
21. Sir Derek Jakeway
(1915–1993)
Coat of arms of Fiji.svg 6 January 1964 December 1968
22. Sir Robert Sidney Foster
(1913–2005)
Coat of arms of Fiji.svg December 1968 10 October 1970

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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