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This information was published in 1966 in An Encyclopaedia of New Zealand, edited by A. H. McLintock. It has not been corrected and will not be updated.

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GALWAY, Sir George Vere Arundell Monckton-Arundell, Eighth Viscount

, P.C., G.C.M.G., D.S.O., O.B.E., K.G.St.J., M.A.(Oxon.) (1882–1943).

Fifth Governor-General of New Zealand.

Lord Galway was born on 24 March 1882, the son of George Edmond Milnes, Seventh Viscount Galway, and Vere, only daughter of Ellis Gosling of Busbridge Hall, Surrey. He was educated at Eton and at Christ Church, Oxford, where he took his M.A. with honours in modern history in 1904. He attempted to enter politics in 1910 when he contested Scarborough unsuccessfully in the Conservative interest. Lord Galway joined the Life Guards, and had a distinguished military career in the First World War, rising to the post of Adjutant-General and Quartermaster-General. He was Colonel-Commandant of the Life Guards (1925–29) and of the Royal Artillery Company (1933–35).

He succeeded Lord Bledisloe as Governor-General of New Zealand on 12 April 1935, and his experience on military organisation quickly impressed Ministers. The major portion of his term, however, coincided with the productive years of the first Labour Government, the era of the 40-hour week and social security. His term was twice extended owing to the exigencies of war, and he retired from New Zealand on 3 February 1941.

On his return to England he became Deputy Lord Lieutenant of Nottinghamshire, and died suddenly at Blyth, Worksop, on 27 March 1943.

Lord Galway married, on 24 June 1922, Hon. Lucia Emily Margaret White, younger daughter of the third Baron Annaly, and by her he had one son and three daughters.

by Bernard John Foster, M.A., Research Officer, Department of Internal Affairs, Wellington.

  • The Times (London), 29 Mar 1943 (Obit).


Bernard John Foster, M.A., Research Officer, Department of Internal Affairs, Wellington.