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The Rt Hon Sir James Fergusson, Bt.

Term (in Years): 
1873 to 1874
Role: 
Governor of New Zealand

Born in 1832, Sir James was educated in Rugby and Oxford. He served with the Grenadier Guards in the Crimea, was wounded at Inkerman and later succeeded a friend, who was killed in the same action, as Conservative MP for Ayrshire.

He was under-secretary at the India Office in 1866 and held the same position at the Home office in 1867. He was Governor of South Australia in 1869-73 before becoming Governor of New Zealand in 1873. He resigned in 1874 and returned to England where he was a successful and progressive administrator. His positions included under-secretary for the Foreign Office and Postmaster-General.

Sir James was killed in the January 1907 earthquake at Kingston, Jamaica.

Biographical information courtesy of NZ Almanack

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