Party: High Commissioners for the Western Pacific


(to 3 July 1952 also Governors of Fiji)

Nov. 1877-Oct. 1883 Sir Arthur H. Gordon (b. 1829-d. 1909)

July 1878-Aug. 1879 J. Gorrie (acting)]

Jan. 1880- Sir George William Des Voeux (b. 1834-d. 1909)

Sept. 1882-Oct. 1883 Sir George William Des Voeux

Oct. 1883-Jan. 1885 Sir George William Des Voeux

Aug. 1885-Jan. 1887 Sir John Bates Thurston (b. 1836-d. 1897)

Jan. 1887-Feb. 1888 Sir Charles Bullen Hugh Mitchell (b. 1836-d. 1899)

Feb. 1888-July 1897 Sir John Bates Thurston

July 1897 Sir Henry S. Berkeley

July 1897-July 1901 Sir George Thomas Michael O'Brien (b. 1844-d. 1906)

July 1901-Oct. 1902 William Lamond Allardyce (acting) (b. 1861-d. 1930)

Sept. 1902-Mar. 1904 Sir Henry Moore Jackson (b. 1849-d. 1908)

Nov. 1904 Sir Charles Major (acting)

Nov. 1904-Aug. 1910 Sir Everard F. Im Thurn (b. 1852-d. 1932)

Aug. 1910-Feb. 1911 Sir Charles Major

Feb. 1911-June 1912 Sir Francis Henry May (b. 1860-d. 1922)

July 1912-June 1918 Sir Ernest Bickham Sweet-Escott (b. 1857-d. 1941)

Oct. 1918-Apr. 1925 Sir Cecil Hunter Rodwell (from 1919, Sir) (b. 1874-d. 1953)

Apr. 1925-Nov. 1929 Sir Eyre Hutson (b. 1864-d. 1969)

Nov. 1929-Nov. 1936 Sir Arthur Murchison Fletcher (b. 1878-d. 1954)

Nov. 1936-Sept. 1938 Sir Arthur Frederick Richards (b. 1885-d. 1978)

Sept. 1938-1942 Sir Harry Charles Luke (b. 1885-d. 1969)

1942-1945 vacant: High Commission suspended, while most islands were under British military administration, but parts of the Solomons, Gilbert Islands, and Phoenix Islands were under Japanese occupation.

1945-1946 Sir Alexander William George Herder Grantham (b. 1899-d. 1978)

Jan. 1948-May 1952 Sir Leslie Brian Freestone (b. 1892-d. 1958)

Exercising direct administration at Honiara, Solomon Islands, from 1 Jan. 1953.

July 1952-1955 Robert Christopher Stafford Stanley (b. 1899-d. 1981) (q.v.)

1955-Mar. 1961 John Gutch (b. 1905-d. 1988) (from 1957, Sir John Gutch) (q.v.)

Mar. 1961-June 1964 David Trench (b. 1915-d. 1988) (from 1961, Sir David Trench) (q.v.)

June 1964-Mar. 1969 Sir Robert Sidney Foster (b. 1913)

Mar. 1969-1973 Sir Michael David Irving Gass (b. 1916-d. 1983) (q.v.)

Aug. 1974-Jan. 1976 Donald Collin Cumyn Luddington (b. 1920-d. 2009; from 1976, Sir Donald). (q.v.)

Luddington was the last Western Pacific High Commissioner, October 1973 to August 1974, when the position was abolished and replaced by that of Governor (q.v.) of Solomon Islands. See also Governors.