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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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LIVERPOOL, Sir Arthur William de Brito Savile Foljambe, Earl of, P.C., G.C.B., G.C.M.G., G.B.E., M.V.O., K.J.St.J.


Eighteenth Governor and first Governor-General of New Zealand.

Lord Liverpool was born at Compton Place, Eastbourne, on 27 May 1870, the son of Cecil George Savile Foljambe, who had served with the Naval Brigade in New Zealand in 1863–64, and of Louisa Blanche, daughter of Frederick John Howard of Sussex. Educated at Eton and Sandhurst, he saw civil service in Ireland, and military service in the Boer War. He succeeded to his father's title in 1907, and was Comptroller of the Royal Household (1909–12).

Designated to succeed Lord Islington in September 1912, as Governor of New Zealand, he gave an energetic lead to the Dominion's wartime patriotic organisations. When his office was raised in dignity in 1917, Liverpool continued as the first Governor-General. His term was extended in 1920 to cover the Prince of Wales tour, and on his retirement later that year he was made G.C.B. In later years Lord Liverpool was Deputy Lord Lieutenant of Lincoln, and Justice of the Peace for the Kesteven and Lindsay division of that county. He died at his home, Cranwick Hall, near Lincoln, on 15 May 1941.

Lord Liverpool retained a keen interest both in New Zealand and in its Army, as honorary colonel of the Taranaki Regiment, and shortly before his death he was appointed a Group Commander in the Home Guard.

Lord Liverpool married on 27 July 1897 the Hon. Annette Louise Monck (died 1948), only daughter of Henry, Fifth Viscount Monck.

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

The Times (London), 17 May 1941; New Zealand Herald, 17 May 1941.


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