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Biographical entry Romilly, Hugh Hastings (1856 - 1892)


15 March 1856
London, England
27 July 1892
London, England
Administrator and Explorer


Hugh Romilly was administrator of New Guinea 1884-1885 and for 3 months in 1886 and deputy administrator July 1887-September 1888. He wrote "A True Story of the Western Pacific" (1882), "The Western Pacific and New Guinea" (1886) and "From My Verandah in New Guinea" (1889) and his "Letters from the Western Pacific and Mashonaland" were published by his brother Samuel in 1893. Romilly was a Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George (CMG).



1874 - 1879
Career position - Joined Melly & Co. in Liverpool, UK
1879 - 1881
Career position - Staff of Sir Arthur Gordon - Governor of Fiji and High Commissioner for the Western Pacific
Career position - Magistrate and Private Secretary to Gordon in Fiji
1884 - 1886
Career position - Administrator in New Guinea
1887 - 1888
Career position - Deputy to John Douglas (ten months)
1888 - 1890
Career position - British Consul in New Hebrides (fourteen months)
February 1890
Career position - Returned to England and resigned from the Colonial Office to lead a prospecting expedition to Mashonaland, Africa.

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McCarthy, G.J.