Sir Henry Barkly
|4th Governor of British Guiana|
12 February 1849 – 11 May 1853
|Preceded by||Henry Light|
|Succeeded by||Philip Wodehouse|
|Governor of Jamaica|
|Preceded by||Charles Edward Grey|
|Succeeded by||Charles Henry Darling|
|2nd Governor of Victoria|
26 December 1856 – 10 September 1863
|Preceded by||Sir Charles Hotham|
|Succeeded by||Sir Charles Darling|
|10th Governor of Mauritius|
21 August 1863 – 3 June 1870
|Preceded by||Sir William Stevenson|
|Succeeded by||Sir Arthur Hamilton-Gordon|
|14th Governor of Cape Colony|
31 December 1870 – 31 March 1877
|Preceded by||Sir Philip Wodehouse|
|Succeeded by||Sir Henry Frere|
|Born||24 February 1815|
Highbury, Middlesex, England, UK
|Died||20 October 1898 (aged 83)|
South Kensington, London, England, UK
|Resting place||Brompton Cemetery|
|Spouse(s)||Elizabeth Helen Timins (1840–1857)|
Anne Maria Pratt (1860–1898)
Early life and education
Born in 1815 at Highbury, Middlesex (now London), he was the eldest son of Æneas Barkly, a West India merchant. He was educated at Bruce Castle School in Tottenham, where the school's particular curriculum endowed him with a lifetime interest in science and statistics.
Upon completing his schooling and studies in commerce, Barkly worked for his father. The Barkly family had several connections with the West Indies: Barkly's mother, Susannah Louisa, whose maiden name was ffrith, was the daughter of a Jamaica planter; his father's company was concerned with trade in the West Indies; and the family owned an estate in British Guiana.
Barkly was elected to the House of Commons at a by-election on 26 April 1845 as one of the two Members of Parliament (MPs) for the borough Leominster. He was returned unopposed, and The Times observed that his election address did not render voters "much wiser" about his political views.
As a Peelite, one of the supporters of Prime Minister Robert Peel, Barkly found himself adrift with few political prospects when Peel was overthrown, and he gratefully accepted the governorship of British Guiana when the post was offered by his Liberal opponents in 1848.
Governor of British Guiana
Barkly was sworn in as Governor and Commander-in-Chief of British Guiana on 12 February 1849. His family connections with British Guiana and the West Indies in general served him well as governor of the colony, and prompted Lord Grey, the Secretary of State for War and the Colonies, to refer to his "remarkable skill and ability" in addressing the colony's economic issues by widening the franchise of the College of Kiezers and introducing indentured servants from Asia.
Governor of Jamaica
Governor of Victoria
In November 1856, Barkly was appointed Governor of Victoria, Australia, arriving in Melbourne on 24 December 1856. He achieved one of his main goals of stable government with the appointment of the James McCulloch ministry. He was noted for his support of philanthropic and intellectual movements. He was a founder and president of the Royal Society of Victoria, 1860–63, and helped to found the National Gallery of Victoria, the Acclimatization Society and the National Observatory.
Governor of Mauritius and the Cape Colony
In August 1870 he was sent to the Cape of Good Hope as Governor of Cape Colony and as British High Commissioner for Southern Africa. He helped to implement responsible government in the Cape and worked closely with John Molteno, its first elected Prime Minister. He served in South Africa until 1877, and played an important role in assisting the early growth of the Cape Liberal tradition. He was also influential in supporting the local resistance against Carnarvon's attempt to force the region into a British ruled federation. Crucially, he shared with the Cape government the belief that the Cape's non-racial constitution was still fragile and that it was ... "...impossible that the Cape's native laws would survive a session of bargaining with the Boer republics. Federation in 1875 would have produced the same results as Union did in 1910. ... Barkly was undoubtedly right to foster the nucleus of a Liberal party which was forming around Molteno. Liberal democracy was a tender plant in the climate of South Africa, but it had taken root in the Cape, and it was only the insensitive handling of Downing Street which prevented it growing, as Barkly hoped, into a force which would have been strong enough to control the other tendencies in South African politics."
He was involved with the Royal Commission on Colonial Defence in 1879.
In 1840, he married Elizabeth Helen, the second daughter of J. F. Timins. She died in 1857 and Barkly remarried Anne Maria Pratt, the daughter of Thomas Simson Pratt, three years later. His oldest son Arthur Cecil Stuart Barkly (1843–1890) was his father's private secretary in Mauritius and the Cape, and went on to become the last British governor of Heligoland.
Henry Barkly was awarded a Knight of the Order of the Bath on 18 July 1853, just prior to his appointment as Governor of Jamaica. He was made a Fellow of the Royal Society (FRS) in 1864, and of the Royal Geographical Society (FRGS) in 1870. He was made a GCMG on 9 March 1874.
Several notable streets were named after him including a main civic street in Ballarat East named Barkly Street for him in 1858 along with the main street of Ararat, Victoria also named Barkly Street. Barkly Street in Mentone, Victoria was named for him though later renamed Rogers Street. The Barkly River, located in the alpine region of Victoria, within the Alpine National Park, is named in honour of Barkly. The bell atop the tower of the Ballarat Fire Brigade, on the corner of Barkly & East streets, Ballarat East was christened the "Lady Barkly" by the brigades Captain in August 1863.
- MacMillan, Mona (1969). "Sir Henry Barkly, mediator and moderator, 1815-1898". Balkema: Cape Town.
- Barkly, Sir Henry,KCB,GCMG, The Earlier House of Berkeley, published in Transactions of the Bristol and Gloucestershire Archaeological Society, Vol. 8, 1883-84, pp. 193–223
- Barkly, Henry (1888). John, Maclean, ed. "Testa de Nevill Returns for the County of Gloucester". Transactions of the Bristol and Gloucestershire Archaeological Society. Bristol and Gloucestershire Archaeological Society. 12: 235–290. Retrieved 5 March 2015.
- John Benyon, ‘Barkly, Sir Henry (1815–1898)’, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, Sept 2004; online edn, Jan 2008, accessed 29 Aug 2008.
- "No. 20466". The London Gazette. 29 April 1845. p. 1293.
- Craig, F. W. S. (1989) . British parliamentary election results 1832–1885 (2nd ed.). Chichester: Parliamentary Research Services. p. 181. ISBN 0-900178-26-4.
- "Representation Of Leominster". The Times. London. 26 April 1845. pp. 6, col E. Retrieved 18 December 2010. (subscription required)
- Dod, Robert P. (1860). The Peerage, Baronetage and Knightage of Great Britain and Ireland. London: Whitaker and Co. pp. 104–105.
- B. A. Knox, 'Barkly, Sir Henry (1815 - 1898)', Australian Dictionary of Biography, Volume 3, MUP, 1969, pp 95-96.
- ben cahoon. "Mauritius". Worldstatesmen.org. Archived from the original on 9 June 2009. Retrieved 14 September 2013.
- MacMillan, Mona (1969). Sir Henry Barkly, mediator and moderator, 1815-1898. Balkema: Cape Town. p. 254.
- Driscoll, Eulalie (November 1996). "James Law, discoverer of gold at Barkly". Avoca and District Historical Society Newsletter No 143. Archived from the original on 29 October 2010. Retrieved 17 November 2011.
- "Victorian Heritage Database". Vhd.heritage.vic.gov.au. Retrieved 2013-09-14.
- Victorian Government Gazette. 1ST JANUARY TO 30TH JUNE, 1 6o.
- City of Kingston Historical Website (7 May 2012). "Did You Know?: More Mentone's Street Names". Localhistory.kingston.vic.gov.au. Archived from the original on 30 April 2013. Retrieved 14 September 2013.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Sir Henry Barkly.|
- Hansard 1803–2005: contributions in Parliament by Henry Barkly
- Portraits of Sir Henry Barkly at the National Portrait Gallery, London
- Mennell, Philip (1892). " Barkly, Sir Henry". The Dictionary of Australasian Biography. London: Hutchinson & Co. Wikisource
|Parliament of the United Kingdom|
| Member of Parliament for Leominster
1845 – 1849
With: George Arkwright
| Governor of British Guiana
1849 – 1853
Sir Charles Edward Grey
| Governor of Jamaica
1853 – 1856
Edward Wells Bell
Sir Charles Hotham
| Governor of Victoria
1856 – 1863
Sir Charles Darling
Sir William Stevenson
| Governor of Mauritius
1863 – 1870
Sir Arthur Hamilton-Gordon
Sir Philip Wodehouse
| Governor of Cape Colony
1870 – 1877
Henry Bartle Frere