Hamilton Goold-Adams

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Hamilton Goold-Adams
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12th Governor of Queensland
In office
15 March 1915 – 3 February 1920
Monarch King George V
Preceded by Sir William MacGregor
Succeeded by Sir Matthew Nathan
Personal details
Born (1858-06-27)27 June 1858
County Cork, Ireland, UK
Died 12 April 1920(1920-04-12) (aged 61)
Cape Town, Cape Province, South Africa
Spouse(s) Elsie Riordon

Richard John Moreton Goold-Adams

Elizabeth Mary Goold-Adams

Major Sir Hamilton John Goold-Adams, GCMG, CB (27 June 1858 – 12 April 1920) was an Irish soldier and colonial administrator who was Governor of Queensland in Australia from 1915 to 1920.


Born in the town of Jamesbrook in County Cork, Ireland, Goold-Adams was a cadet in the training ship HMS Conway until he decided to join the British Army and was commissioned in the Royal Scots Regiment, serving principally in southern Africa, where he achieved the rank of captain in 1885 and major in 1895. During the Second Boer War he served first as Resident Commissioner in Bechuanaland and afterwards as commander of the Town Guard during the latter half of the Siege of Mafeking where he was twice Mentioned in Despatches.

He was made Deputy Commissioner and later Lieutenant-Governor of the Orange River Colony under Governor Alfred Milner, 1st Viscount Milner from 1901 to 1907. He was made CMG in 1902 and GCMG in 1907.

He returned to England in 1911 where he married a Canadian named Elsie Riordon on 4 July. Later that year he was appointed British High Commissioner to Cyprus. In 1914 he was made Governor of Queensland, and arrived in Brisbane just before the election of Queensland's first majority Labor government, under Premier T. J. Ryan. He occasionally disapproved of Labor's policies and majority appointments to the Legislative Council of Queensland.

Returning to England after his retirement, Goold-Adams contracted pleurisy on board ship, and died in Cape Town, South Africa in 1920.


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Government offices
Preceded by
Sir William MacGregor
Governor of Queensland
Succeeded by
Sir Matthew Nathan