|12th Governor of Queensland|
15 March 1915 – 3 February 1920
|Monarch||King George V|
|Preceded by||Sir William MacGregor|
|Succeeded by||Sir Matthew Nathan|
|Born||27 June 1858|
County Cork, Ireland
|Died||12 April 1920 (aged 61)|
Cape Town, Cape Province, South Africa
|Children||Richard John Moreton Goold-Adams|
Elizabeth Mary Goold-Adams
|Battles/wars||Second Boer War|
|Awards||Knight Grand Cross of the Order of St Michael and St George|
Companion of the Order of the Bath
Mentioned in Despatches
Born in the townland of Jamesbrook in County Cork, Ireland, fourth son of Richard Wallis Goold-Adams (1802–73) and Mary Sarah Goold-Adams (d. 1899), daughter of Sir William Wrixon-Becher, 1st Baronet.
Hamilton Goold-Adams was a cadet in the training ship HMS Conway until he decided to join the British Army and was commissioned in the Royal Scots Regiment, serving principally in southern Africa, where he achieved the rank of captain in 1885 and major in 1895, leading many expeditions into the interior. During the Second Boer War he served first as Resident Commissioner in Bechuanaland, Afterwards as commander of the Town Guard during the latter half of the Siege of Mafeking where he was twice Mentioned in Despatches.
Colonial administrator and governorEdit
Goold-Adams was appointed Deputy Commissioner of the Orange River Colony under the Administrator Sir Alfred Milner (later Lord Milner) in January 1901. Following the end of hostilities in May 1902, the colony formally received a new constitution on 23 June, and Goold-Adams was appointed Lieutenant-Governor, serving as such until 1907, when he became governor.
Goold-Adams was made a Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George in 1902, and was advanced to Knight Grand Cross of the Order of St Michael and St George in 1907.
Goold-Adams returned to England in 1911, where he married a Canadian named Elsie Riordon on 4 July. Later that year he was appointed British High Commissioner to Cyprus. In 1914 he was made Governor of Queensland, and arrived in Brisbane just before the election of Queensland's first majority Labor government, under Premier T. J. Ryan. He occasionally disapproved of Labor's policies and majority appointments to the Legislative Council of Queensland.
Upon his return from South Africa on July 4, 1911, he married Elsie Riordan of Montreal, Canada; they had two children.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Hamilton Goold-Adams.|
- D. J. Murphy, 'Goold-Adams, Sir Hamilton John (1858–1920)', Australian Dictionary of Biography, Volume 9, Melbourne University Press, 1983, p. 50.
- Elizabeth Main: Man of Mafeking: The Bechuanaland Years of Sir Hamilton Goold-Adams, 1884–1901, Botswana Society (Botswana), 1996.
William Palmer, 2nd Earl of Selborne
| Governor of the Orange River Colony
Sir William MacGregor
| Governor of Queensland
Sir Matthew Nathan