The Governors: New Zealand's Governors and Governors-General

Author(s): Gavin McLean

NZ Non Fiction

Grey, Jervois, Fergusson, Bledisloe - their names adorn buildings, streets, entire towns, even hills and rivers. But little has been written about the occupants of Government House. The Governors tracks the evolution of an office that says much about New Zealand's constitutional journey. In Crown colony days, governors ruled personally; with responsible government came uneasy adjustment and, from the late 1880s, a new breed of aristocratic governors who presided ceremonially. Since 1972, all governors-general have been New Zealand residents, two have been female and more recently the office has acquired a new international dimension. With the job came ceremonial and community roles, which governors performed according to their differing personalities. You will meet the governor who complained about being 'highly paid, well housed and well fed, for performing the functions of a stamp' and another, all monocle, medals and plumed helmet, who spoke Maori. First published 2006; reprinted 2007 with minor corrections and updates.


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Part I: Soldiers and Engineers of Empire (1840-89); Part II: Vice-Regal Ceremonial (1860s-1970s); Part III: Holiday Jobs or Outdoor Relief for the Aristocracy? (1889-1920); Part IV: A New Imperial System (1917-31); Part V: Whisky and Soda Warriors (1920-72); Part VI: Home-Grown (1972-); Index.

General Fields

  • : 9781877372254
  • : Otago University Press
  • : Otago University Press
  • : November 2006
  • : 265mm X 200mm
  • : New Zealand
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Gavin McLean
  • : Paperback
  • : 993.0099
  • : 424
  • : Australasian & Pacific history
  • : b/w & colour illus