Walter Joseph Sendall

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Sir Walter Joseph Sendall, GCMG (1832–1904) was a British colonial governor.


As Director of Public Instruction in Ceylon, he expanded the system of schools, teaching in English and the vernacular.[1]

He was Governor-in-Chief of the Windward Islands, from 1885 to 1889. There he promoted road construction in Grenada, and founded a botanical garden.[2] He suspended the Legislative Council on St. Vincent, rather than appoint black members he felt were unqualified.[3] After some hesitation he supported finance for the Grenada Boys' Secondary School.[4]

He was Governor of Barbados from 1889 to 1891.[5] He was High Commissioner of Cyprus, from 1892 to 1898.[6] He was Governor of British Guiana, from 1898 to 1901.[7]


He was Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George in 1887, knighted KCMG in 1889, and GCMG in 1899.[8]

In July 1902 he received an honorary degree LL.D. from the University of Edinburgh.[9]


  1. ^ The Sunday Times Mirror Magazine
  2. ^ Charles Bruce, The Broad Stone of Empire: Problems of Crown Colony Administration (1910), p. 226.
  3. ^ Bonham C. Richardson, Economy and Environment in the Caribbean: Barbados and the Windwards in the (1997), pp. 53–4.
  4. ^ The Grenada Boys' Secondary School and the Debate Over Secondary Education in Grenada, 1885–1946, Edward L. Cox.
  5. ^ Countries Ba-Bo
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  7. ^ Guyana
  8. ^ Dictionary of National Biography
  9. ^ "The Colonial Premiers in Edinburgh". The Times (36831). London. 28 July 1902. p. 4. 

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