Story: Public service

Early civil service: Governor Robert FitzRoy (1st of 2)

Early civil service: Governor Robert FitzRoy

Former British naval officer Robert FitzRoy, shown here in a portrait from about 1850, replaced William Hobson as governor of New Zealand in 1843. His administration had insufficient money for its daily costs, let alone more ambitious activities, and had to deal with armed Māori uprisings in the Bay of Islands and Hutt Valley. FitzRoy was very unpopular with settlers and was replaced as governor in 1845.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, Herman John Schmidt Collection (PAColl-3059)
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Photograph by Herman John Schmidt

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Richard Shaw, 'Public service - Political control', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 14 July 2024)

Story by Richard Shaw, published 20 Jun 2012, reviewed & revised 8 Mar 2021