Lord Augustus William Frederick Spencer Loftus, GCB, PC (4 October 1817 – 7 March 1904), was a British diplomat and colonial administrator. He was Ambassador to Prussia from 1865 to 1868, to the North German Confederation from 1868 to 1871 and to the Russian Empire from 1871 to 1879 and Governor of New South Wales from 1879 to 1885.

Lord Augustus Loftus
Lord Augustus Loftus by unknown photographer
15th Governor of New South Wales
In office
4 August 1879 – 9 November 1885
Preceded byHercules Robinson
Succeeded byThe Lord Carrington
Personal details
Augustus William Frederick Spencer Loftus

(1817-10-04)4 October 1817
Bristol, England
Died7 March 1904(1904-03-07) (aged 86)
Surrey, England
SpouseEmma Maria Greville (m. 1845)



Loftus was born in Bristol, England, the fourth son of John Loftus, 2nd Marquess of Ely, by Anna Maria Dashwood, daughter of Sir Henry Dashwood, 3rd Baronet.



Loftus entered the diplomatic service in 1837 as attaché at Berlin and was likewise attaché at Stuttgart in 1844. He was secretary to Sir Stratford Canning in 1848, and after serving as secretary of legation at Stuttgart (1852), and Berlin (1853), was envoy at Vienna (1858), Berlin (1860) and Munich (1862).

He was subsequently Ambassador at Berlin from 1865 to 1868, to the North German Confederation from 1868 to 1871 and to Saint Petersburg from 1871 to 1879.[1]

He then served as Governor of New South Wales from 1879 to 1885.[2] He was appointed a Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the Bath in 1866[3] and sworn of the Privy Council in 1868.[4]



Loftus married Emma Maria Greville, daughter of Vice-Admiral Henry Francis Greville, in 1845. They had three sons and two daughters. The town of Emmaville, New South Wales, was named after Emma in 1882.[5]

Lady Emma died in January 1902. Loftus survived her by two years and died in Surrey, England, in March 1904, aged 86.


  1. ^ Rines, George Edwin, ed. (1920). "Loftus, Augustus William Frederick Spencer" . Encyclopedia Americana.
  2. ^ Australian Dictionary of Biography Online Edition [1] Retrieved 13 June 2010.
  3. ^ "No. 23134". The London Gazette. 6 July 1866. p. 3871.
  4. ^ "No. 23440". The London Gazette. 11 November 1868. p. 5858.
  5. ^ David Klune and Ken Turner, The Governors of New South Wales, 1788-2010, The Federation Press, 2010, pp. 317–329.

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Diplomatic posts
Preceded by British Ambassador to Austria
Succeeded by
Preceded by British Minister to Prussia
Succeeded by
Preceded by British Minister to Bavaria
Succeeded by
Preceded by British Ambassador to Prussia
(to the North German Confederation 1868–71)

Succeeded by
The Lord Ampthill
(as Ambassador to the German Empire)
Preceded by British Ambassador to Russia
Succeeded by
Government offices
Preceded by Governor of New South Wales
Succeeded by