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The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 69

Sir George Grey, K.C.B

Sir George Grey, K.C.B.

Sir George Grey, K.C.B., was born at Lisbon, Portugal, in 1812, three days after the death of his father, Colonel Grey, who fell bravely leading his regiment (the 30th) at Badajoz. Sir George was educated at Sandhurst College, and a successful course there gained him a captaincy in the 83rd Regiment before he was 24 years old. He soon after retired, and in 1839 he took a leading part in exploring the interior of what is now denominated western Australia, his expedition suffering great hardship In 1841 he was appointed Governor of South Australia, and held that post till 1845, when he was nominated Governor of New Zealand. He arrived in November, 1845, when the Northern War was dragging its slow length along, and within two months after his arrival Ruapekapeka pa was taken, Heke's power broken, and the war ended. Sir George returned Home in 1853, and was afterwards appointed Governor of Cape Colony. In 1861 he was again despatched to New Zealand to succeed Governor Gore Browne. His subsequent career as Premier of the Colony, a member of the General Assembly, ana as a colonial statesman is so familiar to all our readers that it is unnecessary to recapitulate it. Is it not written in the chronicles of New Zealand—Hansard? Sir George would have been present at the Jubilee festivities, but the state of his health rendered it necessary that he should have rest and quiet, and he went to the Waiwera Sanatorium to obtain it.

Sir George Grey