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British Western Pacific Territories
 
[Western
                            Pacific High Commissioner (1880-1905)]
             1880 - 1905  High Commissioners' Flag
 
[Western
                            Pacific High Commissioner (1905-1953)]
          1905 - 1953  High Commissioners' Flag
 
[New Hebrides
                            British Resident Commissioner (1953-1976)]
        1953 - 2 Jan 1976  High Commissioners' flag
 
Map of the Western
Pacific Islands
 Hear National Anthem
 "God Save the Queen" 
Capital: Suva (Fiji)
(from 3 Jul 1952  Honiara
[Solomon Islands])
Population: N/A (1950)
British Western
Pacific
Territories
Chronology

13 Aug 1877                British Western Pacific Territories (Fiji [to 
                             1952], New Hebrides, Pitcairn [to 1952], Cook
                             Islands and Niue [to 1901], Nauru [to 1921], 
                             Union Islands [to 1926], Phoenix Islands to 1939,
                             Tonga [to 1952], Gilbert and Ellice Islands [to
                             1971], and the British Solomon Islands [to 
                             1974]) created with the governor of Fiji (from
                             1952 of Solomon Islands) as High commissioner.
1942 - 1945                British military administration, high commission
                             suspended (Solomon Islands, Gilbert Islands, and 
                             Phoenix Islands partly Japanese occupied).
 2 Jan 1976                Dissolved.

 
 
 
 
 
 

High Commissioners
(to 3 Jul 1952 also governors of Fiji; from 3 Jul 1952 also governors of the Solomon Islands)
13 Aug 1877 - 1880         Sir Arthur Hamilton Gordon             (b. 1829 - d. 1912)
20 Dec 1880 - 21 Jan 1885  George William Des Voeux               (b. 1834 - d. 1909)
                             (from 24 May 1883, Sir George William Des Voeux)
21 Jan 1885 -  1 Jan 1887  John Bates Thurston (1st time)(acting) (b. 1836 - d. 1897)
 1 Jan 1887 - Feb 1888     Sir Charles Bullen Hugh Mitchell       (b. 1836 - d. 1899)
Feb 1888 -  7 Feb 1897     Sir John Bates Thurston (2nd time)     (s.a.)
Mar 1897 - 1901            Sir George Thomas Michael O'Brien      (b. 1844 - d. 1906)
1901 - 10 Sep 1902         William Lamond Allardyce (acting)      (b. 1861 - d. 1930)
10 Sep 1902 - 11 Oct 1904  Sir Henry Moore Jackson                (b. 1849 - d. 1908)
11 Oct 1904 - 1910         Sir Everard F. im Thurn                (b. 1852 - d. 1932)
1910 - 21 Feb 1911         Sir Charles Major (acting)             (b. 1860 - d. 1933)
21 Feb 1911 - 25 Jul 1912  Sir Francis Henry May                  (b. 1860 - d. 1922)
25 Jul 1912 - 10 Oct 1918  Sir Ernest Bickham Sweet-Escott        (b. 1857 - d. 1941)
10 Oct 1918 - 25 Apr 1925  Cecil Hunter Rodwell                   (b. 1874 - d. 1953)
                             (from 3 Jun 1919, Sir Cecil Hunter-Rodwell)
25 Apr 1925 - 22 Nov 1929  Sir Eyre Hutson                        (b. 1864 - d. 1936)
22 Nov 1929 - May 1936     Sir Arthur George Murchinson           (b. 1878 - d. 1954)
                             Fletcher
May 1936 - Nov 1936        Cecil James Juxton Talbot Barton       (b. 1891 - d. 1980)

                             (1st time)(acting)    

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

Jul 1938 - Sep 1938
       Cecil James Juxton Talbot Barton       (s.a.)
                             (2nd time)(acting)
16 Sep 1938 - 1942         Sir Harry Charles Luke                 (b. 1884 - d. 1969)

1942 - 1945                High commission suspended
 1 Jan 1945 - 21 Mar 1947  Sir Alexander William George Herder    (b. 1899 - d. 1978)
                             Grantham 
21 Mar 1947 -  8 Oct 1947  John Ferns Nicoll (acting)             (b. 1899 - d. 1981) 
 8 Oct 1947 -  3 Jul 1952  Sir Leslie Brian Freestone             (b. 1892 - d. 1958)

 3 Jul 1952 - 1955         Robert Christopher Stafford Stanley    (b. 1899 - d. 1981)
1955 -  4 Mar 1961         John Gutch                             (b. 1905 - d. 1988)
                             (from 13 Jun 1957, Sir John Gutch)
 4 Mar 1961 - 16 Jun 1964  David Clive Crosbie Trench             (b. 1915 - d. 1988)
                             (from Jun 1962, Sir David Clive Crosbie Trench
16 Jun 1964 -  6 Mar 1969  Sir Robert Sidney Foster               (b. 1913 - d. 2005)
 6 Mar 1969 - 1973         Sir Michael David Irving Gass          (b. 1916 - d. 1983)
10 Oct 1973 -  2 Jan 1976  Donald Collin Cumyn Luddington         (b. 1920 - d. 2009)





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