William Cairns

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Sir William Wellington Cairns
William Cairns.jpg
Governor of Trinidad
In office
2 May 1874 – 27 May 1874
Monarch Queen Victoria
Preceded by James Robert Longden
Succeeded by Henry Turner Irving
4th Governor of Queensland
In office
23 January 1875 – 14 March 1877
Monarch Queen Victoria
Preceded by George Phipps, 2nd Marquess of Normanby
Succeeded by Sir Arthur Edward Kennedy
Personal details
Born (1828-03-03)March 3, 1828
Co. Down, Ireland, UK
Died July 9, 1888(1888-07-09) (aged 60)
London, England, UK
Nationality United Kingdom British

Sir William Wellington Cairns, KCMG (1828 – 1888) was a British colonial administrator.


He was born in Belfast on 3 March 1828.

He served in various senior colonial civil service posts in the British Empire before being appointed Governor of Queensland in January 1875. He held the post for two years before becoming acting Governor of South Australia.

He subsequently returned to England where he died in London on 7 July 1888.

He is buried in a modest grave against the east wall of Brompton Cemetery near the north-east corner with Anna Maria Cairns, his wife.

The grave of William Wellington Cairns, Brompton Cemetery, London


The city of Cairns in Queensland was named after him.

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Government offices
Preceded by
Frederick Lyon Playfair
Lieutenant Governor of Malacca
1867 – 1869
Succeeded by
Edward Wingfield Shaw
Preceded by
James George Mackenzie
Lieutenant Governor of Saint Christopher
1869 – 1870
Succeeded by
Francis Spencer Wigley
as President of Saint Christopher
Preceded by
James Robert Longden
Lieutenant Governor of British Honduras
1870 – 1874
Succeeded by
Robert Miller Mundy
Preceded by
James Robert Longden
Governor of Trinidad
Succeeded by
Henry Turner Irving
Preceded by
George Phipps, 2nd Marquess of Normanby
Governor of Queensland
1875 – 1877
Succeeded by
Sir Arthur Edward Kennedy