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Death of Sir Thomas Gore Browne, K.C.M.G.

by electric telegraph.— copyright, [special to united press association.) London, 19th April. Obituary— Sir Thomas Gore Browno, formerly Governor of New Zealand ; aged 80.

The following is from "Men of Mark in New Zealand ":—" Browne, Sir Thomas Gore, K.C.M.G., eon of Robert Browne, Esq., of Mereton House, Bucks, and brother of the Bishop of Winohester, was born in 1807. Entering the army at 10, ho served for many years in the 28th Regiment ; acted as aide-de-camp to Lord Nugent ; was Lord High Commissioner of the lonian Islands, and for some time Colonial Secretary. In 1836, Major Gore Browne exchanged into the 41st Regiment, and served during tho occupation of Afghanistan. After the massacre of our troops at the Kyber Pass, tho 41st joined General England, and advanced to the rescue of General Nott and his troops. During that war. Major Browne held tho command of the 41st, and also commanded the resorve at the disastrous battlo of Hykulzie, and, by forming a square when tho van of tho army had been broken, was enabled to repulse tho enemy and coyer the retreat. He hold the command of his regiment at the battles of Candahar, Ghuznee, Cabul, and during the march through the Kyber Pass, whore he commanded the rear, and under General M'Gaskell at tho storming of tho hill fort atlstaliff , the most daring action during tho war. His gallantry and humanity were praised in tho General's despatches, which woro quoted in both Houses of Parliament, and for his services he obtained a lieutenant-colonelcy, and was made a C.B. On his return with his regiment from India, ho oxclianged into tho 2lst, which ho commanded until made Governor of St. Helena, in 1851. From St. Helena he went in 1854 to New Zealand. On tho breaking out of the Maori war in the last year of his government, Colonel Browne showed a vigour which was denounced by somo persons, but which was ossential in resisting tho land league and tho Maori king movement. In 1861, having completed his torm of office, he was succeeded in the government of Now Zealand by Sir George. Groy, and ho himself succeeded Sir Henry Young as Govornor of Tasmania. Ho resigned the last-mentioned office in January, 1809, whon ho was created a Knight-Commandor of tho Order of St. Michael and St. George. As Sir Thomas Goro Browne ho was appointed Governor of the Bermudas in July, 1870, and resigned that post in 1872. He had succeeded in gaining tho esteem of a large body of tho colonists of New Zealand, nor did ho want the respect of tho natives, a large number of whom, whilst finding fault with his policy and certain administrative acts, honoured him as a straightforward man who mado no attempt to deceive thorn . An extract from the Spectator (London), headed, ' Hopes for New Zealand,' runs thus : ' A now Governor has been appointed for tho colony, Colonel Gore Brosvne, who was lately Governor of St. Helena, and of whom we have hoard, through more than one channel, such accounts as induce us to bolieve that he is a highly intelligent and upright man. with strong aspirations to do good.' Our informant says, from personal knowledgo, that Colonel Browne is imbued with tho ' right principles ' for his task ; is heartily in favour of responsible government; approves of an olected Upper Chamber in place of a nominee Council ; and altogether promises to be a good Governor."

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Evening Post, Evening Post, Volume XXXIII, Issue 92, 20 April 1887

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Death of Sir Thomas Gore Browne, K.C.M.G. Evening Post, Volume XXXIII, Issue 92, 20 April 1887

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