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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 Badajoz, was mortally wounded in the third assault there eight days previously.
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 Harriet, daughter of Admiral R W. Spencer, K.H.
1839 Sailed from Perth to explore the west near Shark's Bay.
May 1841 Governor of South Australia.
October 1845 Governor of New Zealand.
27 April 1848 K.C.B. (Knight Commander of the Bath), civil.
December 1853 Governor of Cape Colony.
1861 Governor of New Zealand.
1868 Returned to England.
1871 Returned to New Zealand.
1874 Superintendent of the province of Auckland and member of the House of Representatives for Auckland City.
18771879Prime Minister of New Zealand.
1894 Returned to England.
20 September 1898 Died.
According to the DNB: "His opinions were a curious compound of democratic idealism akin to Jefferson's, and a species of pacific imperialism".
Literature: (DNB).

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