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LORD GALWAY

WELL-KEPT SECRET

NEW GOVERNOR-GENERAL

WIFE AND YOUM

FAMILY

(From "Ths Post's" Representative.) LONDON, October 5.

The Ministry of Dominion Affairs imposes a very strict secrecy on any | man who is approached on the subject of his appointment as Governor or Governor-General. Thero is always speculation on the appointment, but as to the selection of Lord Galway as Governor-General of New Zealand it may-'.bo said that his name did not come intor euch speculation. Indeed, there have never been fewer rumours- than on this occasion, and on the official announcement of the appointment being made there was no one who could say, "There, I told you so." Negotiations had been going on, however, for a month or two. As for the secrecy that 'is imposed, Lord Galway had au interesting story to tell when I saw him and Lady Galway for a few minutes at the Dominions Office. On the day before his appointment was announced he was coming, away from the Dominions Office when lie met a friend he had not seen for some time. The friend, in his conversation, announced: "And I'm sotting out for New Zealand for a really good holiday." The Governor-General-elect was still under secrecy, and ho had to curb the natural desire to respond: "And I am setting out for New Zealand, too." Doubtless, the friend read with some surprise next morning that ho had beon talking to the future Governor-General of New Zealand, whom he will probably meet out there. . KNOWS ABOUT FAKMING. Lord Galway is essentially a soldier, and he Bays ho will miss very much his duties as Colonel Commandant of the Honourable Artillery Company, the famous London unit—a position which entails much interesting work with an excellent lot of men, Apart from soldiering, however, Lord Galway has taken a serious interest in farming. He owns land round his horne —The Mantles, Bawtry, Yorkshire. All his farms are now in occupation, but there was a time not long since—whoa times were even worse than they now are—that he had to take up tho farming of 1500 acres which had no tenant. He has also studied tho theoretical side^ of farming, so ho will bo in a position to take more than a layman's interest in the chief industries of the Dominion, In these days'there is a good deal of healthy rivalry among the owners of country estates, and Lady Galway has taken a great interest in .gardening, botany,vand forestry. Various private parks are from time to timo opened to the public, and Lady Galway has been one of the leaders in this, movement ia her count}'. A rockery at Tho Mantles has her special attention:: Tho home, on. the borders of Yorkshjro and Nottingham, by the way, has been the ■family seat for 200 years. Previous to that the.Galways wero further north in Yorkshire. . When Lord and • Lady Galway leave for New. Zealand The Mantles will probably havo to be left in' the- hands of a caretaker. It is rather.vout of the way for a suitable tenant to be found; .--.. BRIGHT IiITTLE FAMILY. ; - ■ Lady - Gal way , r the daughter' of ' 'a' master of hounds, is herself ;.a good horsewoman, and.ia interested in other sports. Among these is trout fishing. Both.-she and her husband visit Scotland periodically for the trout fishing, and they are both naturally looking forward to. the fishing in New Zealand. Lady Galway has had a great many other more serious interests in her district, however, and the local newspapers mention that "the family will be very greatly missed in North Nottinghamshire and South Yorkshire, in which districts'they have taken great interest. The Viscountess has done much work for the Queen's Institute of District Nursing."' . : ' r Viscountess Galway was the Hon. Lucia White, younger daughter of the third Baron Annaly. She was maid of honour to Queen Alexandra from 1919 until her marriage in 1922. Her father was Lord-in-Waiting to King Edward. Her only brother, tho present Lord Annaly, is married to Lady Lavinia, daughter of the late- Earl Spencer, and her only sister is the Hon. Mrs. J. G. Lowther. Her aunt on the paternal side, is .the Countess of Leicester. There will bo a very bright Jittlo family for Government House, Wellington. The family consists of Mary, born 1924;" Celia, born 1925; Isabel, born 1928; and Simon,, born .1929; A MILITARY LIFE. Lord Galway was born on March. 24, 1882, and was the only son of the seventh Viscount Galway. After three years at a preparatory school in Berkshire, he'went to Eton in May, 1895, ai Impey's House. Leaving Eton in 1900 he went to Christ Church, Oxford, where ha obtained a degree in honours in history.- . His first experience of military life was a commission in the Nottinghamshire Sherwood Hangers Yeomanry, 1900, of which his father was colonel. In 1904 he was gazetted to the Ist Life Guards, of which regiment he became adjutant in 1908. Attracted by political ambition, he attempted to win tho Scarborough constituency for the Conservative cause; and contesting both elections in 1910 was beaten by 52 -votes. Determined, however,, to succeed, he continued his endeavour-to win the seat, and victory seemed assured when August, 1914, closed the chapter. He was one of the first to cross over to Trance, with the advance party of the Corporate Regiment of Household Cavalry, and was in the first train which left the base for the concentration area. All through the war he served in France and Flanders, as staff captain, 4th Cavalry Brigade, D.A.A. and Q.M.G., 2nd Cavalry Division, and finally at the end-of the war as lieu-tenant-colonel A.A. and Q.M.G., 2nd Cavalry Division and obtaining the D.S.O. and 0.8. E. (Mil.). At the conclusion of the war, the Scarborough constituency had been altered by the Eedistribution Bill, and ho never stood for Parliament again, devoting his energy to the Life Guards, faced with the difficult problem of amalgamation of the Ist and 2nd Life Guards into one regiment. He commanded from 1925 to 1929. - In 1933 he was given the position of colonel commandant of the Honourable Artillery Company, and also made lion, colonel, 7th Battalion, Sherwood Foresters (Robin Hood). OTHER INTERESTS. Lord Galway is extremely fond of sport of all kinds, especially riding and hunting. In 1907 he won the Ist Life Guard Regimental Race, riding his own horse Egypt, and in 1912 ho won tho Heavyweight Army Point-to-Boint riding~his own horse Chantrcy. It may be of. interest to Freemasons to know that he is au enthusiastic member of the Craft. Ho was initiated in 190S to the Household Brigade Lodge. He reached the chair in 1019 and took art important part in tho ceremonies when H. 8.11. the Prince of Wales was initiated into that Lodge. He became a Grand Senior Warden in 192-5, and in

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LORD GALWAY Evening Post, Volume CXVIII, Issue 108, 3 November 1934

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