|Sir William Campion
KCMG DSO TD DL
Sir William Campion and son
|21st Governor of Western Australia|
28 October 1924 – 9 June 1931
|Preceded by||Sir Francis Newdegate|
|Succeeded by||Sir James Mitchell (from 1948)|
|Born||William Robert Campion
3 July 1870
London, England, UK
|Died||2 January 1951
Hassocks, Sussex, England, UK
|Spouse(s)||Katherine Mary Byron|
|Awards||Distinguished Service Order|
|Unit||Royal Sussex Regiment|
|Battles/wars||World War I|
Campion was commissioned into the 2nd Volunteer Battalion, Royal Sussex Regiment in 1888. He served in the First World War, as a Colonel at Gallipoli then later in France in 1916 reaching the rank of Lieutenant-Colonel. He was awarded the Distinguished Service Order in 1918.
In June 1924 Campion was appointed governor of Western Australia. From October 1924 to June 1931 Campion worked with Labor and Nationalist premiers alike in harmony during a period without major political crises. He presided with dignity over the State's centennial celebrations in 1929.
He returned to England in 1931 and retired to his country house in Sussex, but spoke frequently in favour of organized migration to Australia. He was a member of the Empire Settlement Committee in 1935.
He accepted appointment as chairman of two Australian based gold-mining companies. He visited Australia in 1935-36 to inspect properties and again in 1939.
He died in Sussex on 2 January 1951, survived by his wife and three children.
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|Governor of Western Australia
Title next held bySir James Mitchell
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