Charles Mitchell (governor)

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Sir Charles Bullen Hugh Mitchell

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Charles Mitchell
Acting Governor of Natal
In office
1881–1882
MonarchVictoria
Preceded byRedvers Buller
Succeeded bySir Henry Bulwer
3rd High Commissioner for the Western Pacific
In office
January 1887 – February 1888
MonarchVictoria
Preceded bySir John Bates Thurston (acting)
Succeeded bySir John Thurston
4th Governor of Fiji
In office
January 1887 – February 1888
MonarchVictoria
Preceded bySir John Bates Thurston (acting)
Succeeded bySir John Thurston
Acting Governor of the Leeward Islands
In office
1888–1888
MonarchVictoria
Preceded byJenico Preston, 14th Viscount Gormanston
Succeeded bySir William Smith
7th Governor of Natal
In office
1889–1893
MonarchVictoria
Preceded bySir Arthur Havelock
Succeeded byFrancis Haden (acting)
17th Governor of the Straits Settlements
In office
1 February 1894 – 7 December 1899
MonarchVictoria
Preceded byWilliam Edward Maxwell
Succeeded bySir James Alexander Swettenham
Personal details
Born1836
London, United Kingdom
Died7 December 1899(1899-12-07) (aged 62–63)
Singapore
Resting placeSt. Andrew's Cathedral, Singapore
CitizenshipBritish
Spouse(s)Fanny Rice (d.1885)
Eliza Weldon,
ChildrenHugh Mitchell
Military service
Branch/serviceRoyal Marines
Years of service1852–1878
RankLieutenant Colonel

Sir Charles Bullen Hugh Mitchell GCMG (1836 – 7 December 1899) was a lieutenant-colonel in the Royal Marines, before joining the Colonial Service, in which he served in British Honduras, British Guiana, Natal. He then served as Governor of Fiji, of the British Colony of Natal & Zululand (1881–1882), and of the Straits Settlements (1 February 1894 to 7 December 1899).

He attended the Royal Naval School and joined the Royal Marines in 1852, he served with them in the Baltic campaigns from 1854–1856. He retired from the marines in 1878.

Mitchell's first wife Fanny Rice died in 1885, he remarried to Eliza Weldon. He had a son, Colonel Hugh Mitchell of the Royal Marines,

Mitchell died on 7 December 1899, he was buried in St Andrew's Cathedral, Singapore, his tombstone was erected "To the glory of God and in memory of His Excellency Lieutenant Colonel Sir Charles Bullen Hugh Mitchell Royal Marine Light Infantry, G.C.M.G. Governor of the Colony who died in Singapore on 7 December 1899; this tablet is erected by the members of the Civil Service of the Straits Settlements."

Marines from HMS Hermione served as an honour guard and pallbearers for the Mitchell's funeral[1]

Mitchell Park Zoo in Durban, South Africa is named after him.

References[edit]

  1. ^ North China Herald, 2 May 1900, p785
  • Obituary, The Times, Friday 8 December 1899; pg. 6
  • BRITISH ADMINISTRATORS at the Wayback Machine (archived 2009-07-30)
  • William A. Shaw (2010). The Knights of England. a Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of All the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, and Ireland, and of Knights Bachelors. Clearfield Company. ISBN 978-0-8063-5132-2.
  • Image of Sir Charles Mitchell at the Wayback Machine (archived 2011-06-12)
  • Mitchell Park Zoo at the Wayback Machine (archived 2010-01-24)
Government offices
Preceded by
Redvers Buller
Governor of Natal, acting
1881–1882
Succeeded by
Sir Henry Bulwer
Preceded by
Sir John Bates Thurston, acting
High Commissioner for the Western Pacific
1887–1888
Succeeded by
Sir John Bates Thurston
Governor of Fiji
1887–1888
Preceded by
Lord Gormanston
Governor of the Leeward Islands, acting
1888
Succeeded by
Sir William Frederick Haynes Smith
Preceded by
Sir Arthur Havelock
Governor of Natal
1889–1893
Succeeded by
Sir Francis Haden, acting
Preceded by
William Edward Maxwell, acting
Governor of the Straits Settlements
1894–1899
Succeeded by
James Alexander Swettenham, acting