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Information about the life of former South Australian Governor George Grey.

Sir George Grey

Sir George Grey 1812-1898
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Journal of the Historical Society of South Australia. no.7, 1980, pp.46-61. Christopher Nance. 'The destitute in early South Australia.' pp.49-53. Governor Grey and his policies

About George Grey

Captain George Grey married Eliza Lucy Spencer, daughter of Sir Richard Spencer, Government Resident at Albany, W.A. at Albany on 2 November 1839. The Greys came to South Australia in May 1841 when George Grey became Governor. Their only child, George, aged 5 months, died 25 July 1841. On 26 October 1845, George Grey left Adelaide to become Governor of New Zealand. Later Grey was appointed as Governor of Cape Colony (South Africa) then Governor of New Zealand for a second term.

Newspaper articles


26 April 1890, p. 33 cols. A-B. Portrait and reference of Sir George Grey.

18 April 1891, p.33 port. 'An old South Australian Governor.' Sir George Grey K.C.B., D.C.L., L.L.D.

18 April 1891, p.34 cols. A-C. 'Demonstration in the City - formal welcome to Sir George Grey'(one of the delegates to the Federation Convention).

18 April 1891, p.34 cols. C-D. Interview. Views on Federation

18 April 1891, pp.35-36. Public reception of Sir George Grey KCB.

2 May 1891, p.33 col. A-B. Visit to Prince Alfred College, then Broken Hill, and

Bungaree Station.

9 May 1891, p.33 col. C. Sir George Grey visits Port Adelaide.

16 May 1891, p.28 col. B. Farewell letter from Sir George Grey.


11 February 1843, p.2 col. D. Captain Grey's dishonoured and returned bills.

18 March 1843, p.3 cols. C-F. Public meeting to petition the Home Government for Grey's recall.

22 March 1843, p.2 cols. C-F. Official defence of Captain Grey from the charge of the 'Register.'

29 October 1845, p.1 col. D. Departure of His Excellency Governor Grey (26 October 1845) for New Zealand.

Southern Australian

2 April 1840, p.3 col. E. 'In another part of our paper...remarks from Capt. Grey, late Commandant of King George's Sound, on the practicality of an overland route from South Australia to Swan River...'

16 April 1840, p.2 col. E. Overland Route to Western Australia...meeting held 7 April...Chas. Sturt, Chairman. Chas. Bonney, Secretary. Captain Grey being about to embark for England...regret his stay was so short and appreciation of his interest and support.

14 May 1841, p.158 col. C. 'Arrival of His Excellency Captain Grey.' On ship, Lord Glenelg on 10 May 1841.

14 May 1841, p.158 col. C. 'The South Australian Society and Captain Grey.' On his departure from Gravesend 2 January 1841 as Governor of South Australia.

4 June 1841, p. 182 cols. D-E. 'Reduction of expenditure on capital works.'

4 June 1841, p.184 cols. A-C. 'His Excellency Governor Grey on the natives.'

27 July 1841, p.224 col. D. Death. 'Sunday night July 25th at 11 o'clock George, only son of His Excellency, Governor George Grey, died aged 5 months 9 days.