William Macgregor

(1846—1919) colonial governor

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(1846–1919) entered the British colonial service in the 1870s as a medical officer. His involvement with administration gradually overtook his medical duties and in 1888 he arrived in Port Moresby as Administrator of British New Guinea, where he remained until 1898, for the last four years as lieutenant-governor. His administration sought to protect Papuans from the depredations of Australian entrepreneurs and colonial governments. In 1909 he was appointed governor of Qld, a position he filled for five years before retiring and returning to Scotland. R.B. Joyce has written a biography (1971).

From The Oxford Companion to Australian History in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Australasian and Pacific History.

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