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Sir Hercules George Robinson (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,, accessed 13 July 2024.

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Hercules Robinson, n.d.

Hercules Robinson, n.d.

State Library of New South Wales, 11603

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  • first Baron Rosmead
  • Rosmead, first Baron

19 December, 1824
Rosmead, Westmeath, Ireland


28 October, 1897 (aged 72)
London, Middlesex, England

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