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John Hindmarsh

(1784—1860) naval officer and colonial governor


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(1784–1860) lobbied successfully for the first governorship of SA in 1836. His distinguished naval record was rewarded with the position although he lacked experience in civil administration. Uncertainty and public conflict marked his period in office. He was answerable to the Colonial Office, but the Resident Commissioner was authorised by the more powerful Board of Commissioners, which was in charge of land survey and sale. This split in power compounded the difficulties of governing a new colony. Hindmarsh was well intentioned, but his autocratic manner gave offence and exacerbated conflicts.

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From The Oxford Companion to Australian History in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Australasian and Pacific History.


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