Walter Hely-Hutchinson

Sir Walter Francis Hely-Hutchinson GCMG PC (22 August 1849 – 23 September 1913)[1] was an Anglo-Irish diplomat and colonial administrator.

Sir Walter Hely-Hutchinson
Sir Walter Hely-Hutchinson
Sir Walter Hely-Hutchinson
Governor of Cape Colony
In office
9 January 1901 – 1910
MonarchQueen Victoria
Edward VII
Prime MinisterSir Gordon Sprigg
Sir Leander Starr Jameson
John X. Merriman
Preceded bySir William Butler
Succeeded bySir Henry Jenner Scobell
Governor of Natal
In office
MonarchQueen Victoria
Preceded byFrancis Haden
Succeeded bySir Henry Edward McCallum
Personal details
Walter Francis Hely-Hutchinson

(1849-08-22)22 August 1849
Died23 September 1913(1913-09-23) (aged 64)
ChildrenVictor Hely-Hutchinson
Alma materUniversity of Cambridge
AwardsKnight Grand Cross of the Order of St Michael and St George

Background and educationEdit

Hely-Hutchinson was the second son of Richard Hely-Hutchinson, 4th Earl of Donoughmore. He was educated at Cheam School, Harrow and Trinity College, Cambridge.[1]


Hely-Hutchinson was a barrister of the Inner Temple, 1877; Private Secretary to Sir Hercules Robinson, Governor of New South Wales; for Fiji Affairs, 1874; for New South Wales, 1875; Colonial Secretary of Barbadoes, 1877; Chief Secretary to the Government of Malta, 1883; Lieutenant-Governor of Malta between 1884 and 1889, as Governor and Commander-in-Chief of the Windward Islands between 1889 and 1893 and as Governor and Commander-in-Chief of Natal and Zululand between 1893 and 1901[2] and Special Commissioner for Amatongaland.[3] While in Natal he inaugurated the system of Responsible Government in Natal, and completed the annexation of the Trans-Pongola Territories, which form an integral part of Zululand.[1]

He was appointed Governor of the Cape Colony in 1901,[4] during the height of the Second Boer War in South Africa, and was the last British governor until the post disappeared when the colony joined the Union of South Africa in 1910. He also acted as High Commissioner for Southern Africa in 1909 during the absence of Lord Selborne. Following the end of the Boer war in June 1902, he was among those responsible for introducing the peace settlement in the colony. In November–December 1902 he made a month long tour of the Malmesbury, Saldanha Bay, Piquetberg, Clanwilliam, and Ceres districts.[5]

He was awarded the honorary degree of Doctor of Law (LL.D.) by the University of Edinburgh and was invested as a Knight Grand Cross of the Order of St. Michael and St. George. He was invested as a Privy Counsellor; thus he was styled The Rt. Hon.[1]


Hey-Hutchinson married in 1881 the daughter of General W. C. Justice, C.M.G. (commanding the troops in Ceylon). Their son was the composer Victor Hely-Hutchinson;[6] his daughter, Natalie, married the archaeologist and administrator Gerard Mackworth Young.[7]


  1. ^ a b c d "Hely-Hutchinson, Rt Hon. Sir Walter Francis, (22 Aug. 1849–23 Sept. 1913)". WHO'S WHO & WHO WAS WHO. doi:10.1093/ww/9780199540884.013.u186994. Retrieved 12 June 2021.
  2. ^ "No. 26431". The London Gazette. 11 August 1893. p. 4574.
  3. ^ Creswicke 1901, p. 169.
  4. ^ "No. 27265". The London Gazette. 11 January 1901. p. 229.
  5. ^ "Latest intelligence - Cape Colony". The Times. No. 36929. London. 19 November 1902. p. 5.
  6. ^ "Victor Hely-Hutchinson". MusicWeb.
  7. ^ Burke's Peerage, Baronetage and Knightage, 107th edition, vol. 1, Burke's Peerage Ltd, 2003, pp. 1163-1164

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Diplomatic posts
Preceded by British High Commissioner to South Africa
Succeeded by
Government offices
Preceded by Governor of the Windward Islands
Succeeded by
Preceded by Governor of Natal
Succeeded by
Preceded by Governor of Cape Colony
Succeeded by