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George Grey

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George Grey 
Only son of Lieutenant-colonel Grey of the 30th Foot regiment, who commanded a division of the storming party at the fall of BadajozExternal link and was mortally wounded in the third assault there eight days before his son was born
 
Date (from)(Date to)Event
12 April 1812 Born (Lisbon)
1829 Commission in the 83rd Foot
1833 Lieutenant
December 1837 Landed near Hanover Bay, on the north-western coast of Western Australia on a Royal Geographical Society sponsored expedition
1839 Captain
1839 Sold commission and left army
1839 Married Eliza Lucy (1822-1898), daughter of Captain Sir Richard Spencer R.N. K.C.H. (1779-1839)
1839 Sailed from Perth to explore the west near Shark's Bay
15 May 184125 October 1845Governor of South Australia
18 November 184531 December 1853Governor of New Zealand
27 April 1848 K.C.B. (Knight Commander of the Bath), civil
5 December 185415 August 1861Governor of Southern Africa
4 December 18615 February 1868Governor of New Zealand
1868 Returned to England
1871 Returned to New Zealand
24 March 187531 October 1875Superintendent of the province of Auckland and member of the House of Representatives for Auckland City
13 October 18778 October 1879Prime Minister of New Zealand
1894 Returned to England
20 September 1898 Died (London)
According to the DNB: 'His opinions were a curious compound of democratic idealism akin to Jefferson's, and a species of pacific imperialism'.
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