List of colonial governors of Nyasaland

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List of Colonial Heads of Malawi (Nyasaland)

(Dates in italics indicate de facto continuation of office)

Term Incumbent Notes
Nyasaland Districts Protectorate
1 February 1891 to 1893 Harry Hamilton Johnston, Commissioner
British Central Africa Protectorate
1893 to 16 April 1896 Harry Hamilton Johnston, Commissioner
16 April 1896 to 1 April 1907 Alfred Sharpe, Commissioner from 1 January 1902 he was Commissioner, Commander-in-Chief and Consul-General[1]
Nyasaland
1 April 1907 to September 1907 Francis Barrow Pearce, acting Commissioner
October 1907 to 1 May 1908 William Henry Manning, acting Governor 1st Term
1 May 1908 to 1 April 1910 Alfred Sharpe, Governor
1 April 1910 to 4 July 1910 Francis Barrow Pearce, acting Governor
4 July 1910 to 6 February 1911 Henry Richard Wallis, acting Governor
6 February 1911 to 23 September 1913 William Henry Manning, acting Governor 2nd Term
23 September 1913 to 12 April 1923 George Smith, Governor Knighted during tenure
12 April 1923 to 27 March 1924 Richard Sims Donkin Rankine, acting Governor
27 March 1924 to 30 May 1929 Charles Calvert Bowring, Governor
30 May 1929 to 7 November 1929 Wilfred Bennett Davidson-Houston, acting Governor
7 November 1929 to 22 November 1932 Shenton Thomas, Governor Knighted during tenure
22 November 1932 to 9 April 1934 Hubert Winthrop Young, Governor
9 April 1934 to 21 September 1934 Kenneth Lambert Hall, acting Governor
21 September 1934 to 20 March 1939 Harold Baxter Kittermaster, Governor
20 March 1939 to 8 August 1942 Donald Mackenzie-Kennedy, Governor
8 August 1942 to 27 March 1947 Edmund Charles Smith Richards, Governor
30 March 1947 to 10 April 1956 Geoffrey Francis Taylor Colby, Governor Knighted during tenure
1 August 1953 to 31 December 1963 Incorporated into the Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland
10 April 1956 to 10 April 1961 Robert Perceval Armitage, Governor
10 April 1961 to 6 July 1964 Glyn Smallwood Jones, Governor
6 July 1964 Independence as Malawi

For continuation after independence, see: List of heads of state of Malawi

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