Robert Christopher Stafford Stanley

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Robert Christopher Stafford Stanley

17th High Commissioner for the Western Pacific
In office
3 July 1952 – July 1955
MonarchElizabeth II
Preceded bySir Brian Freeston
Succeeded bySir John Gutch
1st Governor of the Solomon Islands
In office
1 January 1953 – July 1955
MonarchElizabeth II
Preceded bySir Henry Gregory-Smith
As Resident Commissioner
Succeeded bySir John Gutch
Personal details
Born(1899-05-12)12 May 1899
Died15 November 1983(1983-11-15) (aged 84)

Sir Robert Christopher Stafford Stanley, KBE, CMG, OBE (12 May 1899[1] – 15 November 1983[2])[3] was a British colonial administrator.

After serving as Chief Secretary of Northern Rhodesia, he was appointed High Commissioner of the Western Pacific in January 1952, although he did not arrive in Suva, Fiji, until June, taking up his duties on July 3. He was the first person to hold the office separately from the Governor of Fiji, the two positions having been joined since 1877. After touring the British Western Pacific Territories, which included the Solomon Islands, New Hebrides, and the Gilbert and Ellice Islands in September, he moved the High Commission to Headquarters to Honiara in the Solomon Islands on 22 December. On 1 January 1953, he also became Governor of the Solomon Islands. He retired as High Commissioner and Governor in July 1955.[4]


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  4. ^ "Stanley, Robert Christopher Stafford". Solomon Islands Historical Encyclopaedia 1893-1978. © Solomon Islands Historical Encyclopaedia, 1893-1978, 2013. Retrieved 31 August 2015.