- Alexander Grantham
name=Sir Alexander William George Herder Grantham
office=Governor of Hong Kong
term_start=15 March 1947
term_end=23 January 1958
Mark Aitchison Young
Robert Brown Black
death_date=death date and age|1978|10|4|1899|3|15
profession=soldier, colonial administrator
Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, Pembroke College, Cambridge, Imperial Defence College
spouse= Maurine Samson
M. E. Lumley
Early life, colonial administration career
He was gazetted in the
18th Hussarsin 1917 and joined the Colonial Administrative Service in Hong Kongin 1922. He was the Deputy Clerk of the Legislative Council of Hong kong for a short period in 1933. In 1934, He was called to the Bar at the Inner Temple and attended the Imperial Defence Collegelater that year.
Grantham became Colonial Secretary of
Bermudafrom 1935 to 1938, and of Jamaicafrom 1938 to 1941. He then served as Chief Secretary of Nigeriafrom 1941 to 1944 and as Governor of Fijiand High Commissioner for the Western Pacific from 1945 to 1947.
Immediately after his tenure as High Commissioner ended, he became Governor of
Hong Kong, until 1957.
Legacy as Hong Kong Governor
His tenure marked the beginning of a unitary housing policy by the Hong Kong Government. In December 1953, a fire burned down a large slum area in
Shek Kip Mei, Kowloon, killing hundreds and leaving many homeless. It was under Grantham's administration that the government began to build settlement houses for the homeless. From that point on, the government was deeply involved in low-cost public housing programmes that allowed many Hong Kong people who could not afford to own a flat to live in government-owned housing estates at relatively low cost. The housing programme eventually evolved over time to allow people to buy low-cost housing and receive favourable loans to buy their own houses.
Fellow, Pembroke College, Cambridge
LL.D.degree, Hong Kong University
* C.M.G., 1941
Grantham was married twice. His first marriage, in 1925, was to Maurine Samson, who died in 1970 and after whom the Gubernatorial yacht, the Lady Maurine, was named. He then married Mrs M. E. Lumley in 1972. Grantham died on 4 October 1978.
Places/Facilities named after him
Grantham Hospitalin Aberdeen, Hong Kong
the Grantham College of Educationin Hong Kong
Sir Alexander Grantham", a fireboatfor the Fire Services Department of Hong Kong.
History of Hong Kong
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