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Robinson, Sir Hercules George (1824–1897)

Lord Rosmead, formerly Sir Hercules George Robert Robinson, died suddenly last night. Hercules Robinson—he was only given a peerage last year—was among the best known of Australian governors. After a military training he had a coaching in home administration during the Irish famine, and then was successively Governor or Lieuteuant-Governor of Montserrat, Leeward Islands, Hong Kong, Ceylon, New South Wales ('72 to '79), New Zealand, and Cape of Good Hope. He was a statesman as well as a figurehead; and that was fully recognised when he was called on to take in hand again the affairs of the Cape when recently Cecil Rhodes and good old well-meaning, but somewhat blundering, Loch mixed them up sadly. His participation in the events of the turf did a good deal to win him great popularity in Australia; amongst other good horses he owned Kingsborough. At his death he was 73 years old.

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'Robinson, Sir Hercules George (1824–1897)', Obituaries Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University, http://oa.anu.edu.au/obituary/robinson-sir-hercules-george-4493/text25362, accessed 22 November 2017.

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