Biographical entry: Gregory-Smith, Henry Graham


Henry Graham Gregory-Smith was Resident Commissioner after Owen Cyril Noel (q.v.), serving from 1950 to 1 January 1953, when the position was abolished and incorporated into that of the High Commissioner of the Western Pacific. Gregory-Smith came to the Protectorate having served for two decades in the colonial administration in Kenya. One of his major assigned tasks was to try to bring about a rapprochement with the Maasina Rule (q.v.) movement, and he famously had the movement's Head Chiefs released from prison. His successor was High Commissioner Robert Christopher Stafford Stanley, who oversaw the transfer of the Fiji office to Honiara, and finally succeeded in instituting an agreement with Maasina Rule. (David Akin, personal communication, 22 Sept. 2012)

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