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Sir Henry Edward McCallum, GCMG, (28 October 1852 – 24 November 1919) colonial governor born Yeovil, Somersetshire, England and died in England.

Sir Henry Edward McCallum

Sir Henry Edward McCallum (1852-1919).jpg
20th Governor of British Ceylon
In office
24 August 1907 – 24 January 1913
MonarchEdward VII
George V
Preceded byHugh Clifford
acting governor
Succeeded byReginald Edward Stubbs
acting governor
Personal details
Born28 October 1852
Died24 November 1919(1919-11-24) (aged 67)

McCallum attended the Royal Military College in Woolwich and began his colonial service career in 1874.

He was Colonial Engineer for the Straits Settlements based in Singapore and played a key role in introducing electricity to Singapore in 1892. However he was involved in a public spat with James MacRitchie the Municipal Engineer who recommended against the introduction of electricity.

He was governor of Lagos Colony before coming to Newfoundland in 1899. The friction between McCallum and Prime Minister Robert Bond resulted in his recall in early 1901. McCallum then became governor of Natal in February 1901,[1] arriving in his new province in May to take up residence in Pietermaritzburg.[2] His last appointment came as governor of Ceylon in 1907.

McCallum retired from colonial service in 1913 and returned to England.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "No. 27290". The London Gazette. 1 March 1901. p. 1499.
  2. ^ "Latest intelligence – Natal". The Times (36454). London. 14 May 1901. p. 5.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Sir Gilbert Thomas Carter
Governor of Lagos
Succeeded by
William MacGregor
Preceded by
Sir Herbert Harley Murray
Colonial Governor of Newfoundland
Succeeded by
Sir Cavendish Boyle
Preceded by
Hon Sir Walter Hely-Hutchinson
Governor of Natal
Succeeded by
Matthew Nathan
Preceded by
Hugh Clifford
acting governor
Governor of Ceylon
Succeeded by
Reginald Edward Stubbs
acting governor