Dudley de Chair
Sir Dudley de Chair
KCB, KCMG, KBE, MVO
|25th Governor of New South Wales|
28 February 1924 – 9 April 1930
|Lieutenant||Sir William Cullen
Sir Philip Street
|Preceded by||Sir Walter Davidson|
|Succeeded by||Sir Phillip Game|
|Born||Dudley Rawson de Chair
30 August 1864
Lennoxville, Province of Canada
|Died||17 August 1958
|Profession||Naval officer, colonial administrator|
|Years of service||1878–1923|
|Commands||Third Battle Squadron|
First World War
|Awards||Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath
Knight Commander of the Order of St Michael and St George
Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire
Member of the Royal Victorian Order
De Chair joined the Royal Navy in 1878 and took part in the bombardment of Alexandria during the Anglo-Egyptian War in 1882. He was promoted to commander on 22 July 1897, and to captain on 26 June 1902. He became Assistant Controller of the Navy in 1910 and Secretary to First Lord of the Admiralty in 1912. He served in the First World War as Commander of the 10th Cruiser Squadron from 1914 and, having been promoted to rear admiral on 31 July 1912, he became Naval Adviser to Foreign Office on Blockade Affairs in 1916. In April-May 1917 he was a member of the Balfour Mission, intended to promote cooperation between the US and UK during World War I. He went on to be Commander of the 3rd Battle Squadron in 1917, Admiral Commanding the Coastguard and Reserve in 1918 and President of the Interallied Commission on Enemy Warships in 1921 before retiring in 1923.
Governor of New South Wales
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|Viceregal styles of
Sir Dudley de Chair
|Reference style||His Excellency|
|Spoken style||Your Excellency|
De Chair was appointed Governor of New South Wales on 8 November 1923. His uncle, Sir Harry Rawson, had held the same position twenty years earlier. Arriving in Sydney in 1924, de Chair became Governor in stable political times. However, when the Fuller Conservatives were defeated by the Labor Party under Jack Lang, de Chair found himself in conflict with Lang's revolutionary reform program, particularly over Lang's attempts to abolish the New South Wales Legislative Council. While Lang's attempts ultimately failed, de Chair failed to gain the support of an indifferent Dominions Office. With Lang's departure in 1927, the Nationalist Government of Thomas Bavin invited him in 1929 to stay on as Governor for a further term. De Chair agreed only to a year's extension and retired on 8 April 1930.
Returning to London after a global trip, de Chair worked on his memoirs until his death in 1958.
De Chair married Enid Struben in 1903. Together they had three children, Henry Graham de Chair, Elaine de Chair and Somerset de Chair.
Honours and decorations
Following the King Edward VII's visit to the Russian Empire, de Chair was appointed Member of the Royal Victorian Order (MVO) on 10 June 1908 for his role in the visit as commander HMS Cochrane. In the 1914 King's Birthday Honours, he was appointed Companion of the Order of the Bath (CB).
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- "No. 28632". The London Gazette. 2 August 1912. p. 5723.
- "No. 32878". The London Gazette. 9 November 1923. p. 7655.
- Clune, David; Turner, Ken (2009). The Governors of New South Wales: 1788–2010. Sydney: Federation Press. pp. 457–472.
- "No. 28148". The London Gazette. 16 June 1908. pp. 4403–4404.
- "No. 28842". The London Gazette (1st supplement). 19 June 1914. p. 4876.
- "No. 28475". The London Gazette. 14 March 1911. p. 2148.
- "No. 28633". The London Gazette. 6 August 1912. p. 5854.
Sir Walter Davidson
|Governor of New South Wales
Sir Phillip Game