William Campion

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Sir William Campion
William Campion and son.jpg
Sir William Campion and son
21st Governor of Western Australia
In office
28 October 1924 – 9 June 1931
Monarch George V
Preceded by Sir Francis Newdegate
Succeeded by Sir James Mitchell (from 1948)
Personal details
Born William Robert Campion
(1870-07-03)3 July 1870
London, England, UK
Died 2 January 1951(1951-01-02) (aged 80)
Hassocks, Sussex, England, UK
Nationality British
Political party Conservative
Spouse(s) Katherine Mary Byron
Awards Distinguished Service Order
Military service
Allegiance United Kingdom
Service/branch British Army
Rank Colonel
Unit Royal Sussex Regiment
Battles/wars World War I

Colonel Sir William Robert Campion KCMG DSO TD DL (3 July 1870 – 2 January 1951), was a British politician and Governor of Western Australia from 1924 to 1931.

Born in England in 1870, he was educated at Eton and Oxford University, and was the Conservative MP for Lewes between 1910 and 1924.

Military Service[edit]

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.

Campion (left of centre) at Western Australia's centenary celebrations in 1929.

Later years[edit]

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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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Sir Henry Aubrey-Fletcher, Bt.
Member of Parliament for Lewes
Succeeded by
Tufton Percy Hamilton Beamish
Government offices
Preceded by
Sir Francis Newdegate
Governor of Western Australia
Title next held by
Sir James Mitchell