- Charles Bathurst, 1st Viscount Bledisloe
The Right Honourable
The Viscount Bledisloe
GCMG, KBE, PC
Formal portrait of Sir Charles Bathurst Bledisloe in uniform 4th Governor-General of New Zealand In office
19 March 1930 – 15 March 1935
Monarch George V Preceded by Sir Charles Fergusson Succeeded by The Viscount Galway Member of Parliament
15 January 1910 – 15 October 1918
Preceded by Levi Lapper Morse Succeeded by Hugh Morrison Personal details Born 21 September 1867
London, UK of Great Britain and Ireland
Died 3 July 1958(aged 90)
Nationality British Political party Conservative
Member of Parliament
After serving as Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Food, Bathurst was created a Knight (KBE) in 1917, and raised to the peerage as Baron Bledisloe, of Lydney and Aylburton. He remained in parliament until 1928, serving as Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries from 1924 onwards, and was a member of the Privy Council from 1926.
Governor-General of New Zealand
After leaving parliament, Lord Bledisloe was created a Knight Grand Cross of the Order of St Michael and St George and appointed the fourth Governor-General of New Zealand, an office he held from 1930 until 1935, proving to be extremely well liked and respected. His social conscience was much appreciated during the Depression era, as was his insistence that his salary should be cut as were the salaries of public servants at the time. Bledisloe also contributed to improved Pākehā – Māori relations, purchasing the site where the Treaty of Waitangi was signed and presenting it to the nation as a memorial. In 1934, the site was dedicated as a national reserve. The dedication ceremony attracted thousands of people, both Māori and Pākehā. Bledisloe continued to take an interest in the site even after his term expired and he returned to England. Bledisloe also contributed to the recognition of the Māori King Movement by developing a friendship with King Koroki and Te Puea Herangi, and his willingness to use the title "king" without reticence.
Bledisloe also promoted various causes and events by the presentation of trophies, the most famous of these being the Bledisloe Cup, the trophy for an ongoing rugby union competition between New Zealand and Australia, first awarded in 1931, and currently contested annually.
Upon returning to England in 1935, the title of Viscount Bledisloe, of Lydney was created and awarded to Bathurst. He continued to serve on a number of committees and councils, was awarded honorary doctorates from the universities of Bristol, Edinburgh and Oxford, and was made a fellow of University College, Oxford. Lord Bledisloe died, aged 90, at Lydney on 3 July 1958, and was succeeded as Viscount Bledisloe by his eldest son, Benjamin Ludlow Bathurst.
Upon its formation in 1888, Charles Bathurst was invited to become President of Lydney Rugby Football Club. He held this position for 70 years until his death and was succeeded as by his eldest son, Benjamin Ludlow Bathurst. The Bledisloe Cup and Bledisloe Park sports ground are both named for Bledisloe.
- 1867–1910: Charles Bathurst
- 1910–1914: Charles Bathurst, MP
- 1914–1917: Captain Charles Bathurst, MP
- 1917–24 October 1918: Captain Sir Charles Bathurst, KBE, MP
- 24 October 1918–1926: The Right Honourable The Lord Bledisloe, KBE
- 1926–1930: The Right Honourable The Lord Bledisloe, KBE, PC
- 1930-1 January 1935: His Excellency The Right Honourable The Lord Bledisloe, GCMG, KBE, PC
- 1 January – 28 June 1935: The Right Honourable The Lord Bledisloe, GCMG, KBE, PC, KStJ
- 28 June 1935–1958: The Right Honourable The Viscount Bledisloe, GCMG, KBE, PC, KStJ
- ^ Marshall, Russell (updated 22 June 2007). "Bledisloe, Charles Bathurst 1867 – 1958". Dictionary of New Zealand Biography. http://www.dnzb.govt.nz/dnzb/alt_essayBody.asp?essayID=4B39. Retrieved 11 November 2010.
Parliament of the United Kingdom Preceded by
Levi Lapper Morse
Member of Parliament for Wilton
Government offices Preceded by
Sir Charles Fergusson
Governor-General of New Zealand
The Viscount Galway
Peerage of the United Kingdom New title
Sporting positions New title
President of Lydney Rugby Football Club
Governors and Governors-General of New Zealand
William Hobson* · Robert FitzRoy* · George Grey* · Thomas Gore Browne* · George Bowen* · Sir James Fergusson, Bt* · The Marquess of Normanby* · Hercules Robinson* · Arthur Hamilton-Gordon* · William Jervois* · The Earl of Onslow* · The Earl of Glasgow* · The Earl of Ranfurly* · The Lord Plunket* · The Lord Islington* · The Earl of Liverpool* · The Viscount Jellicoe · Sir Charles Fergusson, Bt · The Viscount Bledisloe · The Viscount Galway · Sir Cyril Newall · The Lord Freyberg · The Lord Norrie · The Viscount Cobham · Bernard Fergusson · Arthur Porritt · Denis Blundell · Keith Holyoake · David Beattie · Paul Reeves · Catherine Tizard · Michael Hardie Boys · Silvia Cartwright · Anand Satyanand · Jerry Mateparae
* Held office of Governor of New Zealand.
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