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Samuel Blackall

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Monarch  Queen Victoria
Name  Samuel Blackall
Preceded by  Sir George Bowen
Role  Politician

Nationality  Irish
Profession  Politician
Resting place  Toowong Cemetery
Samuel Blackall
Born  1 May 1809 Dublin, Ireland, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland (1809-05-01)
Died  January 2, 1871, Brisbane, Australia
Succeeded by  George Phipps, 2nd Marquess of Normanby
Spouse  Catherine Bond (m. 1848), Catherine Bowles (m. 1833)

Education  Trinity College, Dublin

Colonel Samuel Wensley Blackall (1 May 1809 – 2 January 1871) was an Irish soldier and politician, who was the second Governor of Queensland from 1868 until he died in office in 1871.


Early life

Blackall was born in Dublin, Ireland into a prosperous Irish family and attended Trinity College, Dublin at the age of 15, but did not graduate. In 1827 he joined the 85th (Bucks Volunteers) Regiment of Foot, as an ensign and was appointed a lieutenant in 1832. He sold his commission in 1833 after five years service and joined the Royal Longford Militia, as a major.

Public life

He entered Irish public life in 1833, becoming High Sheriff of Longford for 1833 and, several years later, high sheriff of County Tyrone for 1862. In between those appointments, he spent four years as an MP in the British House of Commons for the constituency of Longford.

From 1851 to 1857, he worked in the colonial service as Lieutenant-Governor of Dominica. After some trouble with the Colonial Office, he returned to colonial service as governor of Sierra Leone, then governor in chief at the West African Settlements from 1865, and then Governor of Queensland from 1868. Blackall's tenure as governor was dominated by a constitutional crisis caused by a deadlock in the Legislative Assembly of Queensland.

Death and legacy

By 1870, Blackall's health was declining rapidly, and shortly after selecting the highest burial site at the new Toowong Cemetery, he died in office on 2 January 1871.

The town of Blackall in Queensland was named after him, as was the Blackall Range and Blackall Terrace in East Brisbane and the merchant ship SS Governor Blackall.


Samuel Blackall Wikipedia

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