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Fiji was a British Crown Colony from 1874 to 1970, and an independent Dominion in the Commonwealth from 1970 to 1987. During this period, the Head of State was the British Monarch, but in practice his or her functions were normally exercised locally by the Governor prior to independence (on 10 October 1970), and by the Governor-General prior to the proclamation of a republic on 7 October 1987.

Governor of Fiji
Flag of Fiji 1924-1970.svg
Flag of Fiji from 1924 to 1970
Style His Excellency The Right Honourable
Appointer King/Queen of the United Kingdom
Formation 10 October 1874
First holder Sir Hercules Robinson
Final holder Sir Robert Sidney Foster
Abolished 10 October 1970
Succession Governor-General of Fiji

Note that from 1877 to 3 July 1952, Governors of Fiji were also High Commissioners for the Western Pacific.

List of Governors of Fiji (1874–1970)Edit

Name
(Birth–Death)
Portrait Tenure Monarch
Took office Left office
Colony of Fiji
1. Sir Hercules Robinson
(1824–1897)
  10 October 1874 June 1875 Victoria
2. Sir Arthur Hamilton-Gordon
(1829–1912)
  19 August 1875 1880 Victoria
3. Sir William Des Vœux
(1834–1909)
  20 December 1880 21 January 1885 Victoria
John Bates Thurston
(1836–1897)
Acting Governor
  21 January 1885 1 January 1887 Victoria
4. Sir Charles Mitchell
(1836–1899)
  1 January 1887 February 1888 Victoria
5. Sir John Bates Thurston
(1836–1897)
  February 1888 7 February 1897 Victoria
6. Sir George T. M. O'Brien
(1844–1906)
  March 1897 1901 Victoria
Sir William Allardyce
(1861–1930)
Acting Governor
  1901 10 September 1902 Edward VII
7. Sir Henry Jackson
(1849–1908)
  10 September 1902 11 October 1904 Edward VII
8. Sir Everard im Thurn
(1852–1932)
  11 October 1904 1910 Edward VII
Sir Charles Major
(1860–1933)
Acting Governor
  1910 21 February 1911 Edward VII
George V
9. Sir Francis May
(1860–1922)
  21 February 1911 25 July 1912 George V
10. Sir Ernest Sweet-Escott
(1857–1941)
25 July 1912 10 October 1918 George V
Sir Eyre Hutson
(1864–1936)
Acting for Sweet-Escott
  1915 1916 George V
11. Sir Cecil Hunter-Rodwell
(1874–1953)
  10 October 1918 25 April 1925 George V
Sir Eyre Hutson
(1864–1936)
Acting for Hunter-Rodwell
  1919 1919 George V
12. Sir Eyre Hutson
(1864–1936)
  25 April 1925 22 November 1929 George V
13. Sir Murchison Fletcher
(1878–1954)
  22 November 1929 May 1936 George V
Edward VIII
Sir Cecil Barton
(1891–1980)
Acting Governor
  May 1936 November 1936 Edward VIII
14. Sir Arthur Richards
(1885–1978)
  28 November 1936 August 1938 Edward VIII
George VI
Sir Cecil Barton
(1891–1980)
Acting Governor
  August 1938 September 1938 George VI
15. Sir Harry Luke
(1884–1969)
  16 September 1938 21 July 1942 George VI
16. Sir Philip Mitchell
(1890–1964)
  21 July 1942 12 January 1944 George VI
Sir John Rankine
(1907–1987)
Acting Governor
  12 January 1944 4 May 1944 George VI
Sir John Nicoll
(1899–1981)
Acting Governor
  4 May 1944 23 October 1944 George VI
Sir John Rankine
(1907–1987)
Acting Governor
  23 October 1944 1 January 1945 George V
17. Sir Alexander Grantham
(1899–1978)
  1 January 1945 21 March 1947 George VI
Sir John Nicoll
(1899–1981)
Acting Governor
  21 March 1947 8 October 1947 George VI
18. Sir Brian Freeston
(1892–1958)
  8 October 1947 6 October 1952 George VI
Elizabeth II
19. Sir Ronald Garvey
(1903–1991)
  6 October 1952 28 October 1958 Elizabeth II
20. Sir Kenneth Maddocks
(1907–2001)
  28 October 1958 6 January 1964 Elizabeth II
21. Sir Derek Jakeway
(1915–1993)
  6 January 1964 December 1968 Elizabeth II
22. Sir Robert Sidney Foster
(1913–2005)
  December 1968 10 October 1970 Elizabeth II

In 1970, Fiji gained independence from the United Kingdom. After independence, the Viceroy in Fiji was the Governor-General of Fiji.

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