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Major-General Sir Harry Barron 1913-1917

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Alternate image text Sir Harry Barron, who was born in 1847, followed Sir Gerald Strickland into the post of Governor at the start of autumn, 1913.

There is little material available on his tenure but according to reports he was bluff and had the voice of an officer in the parade ground.

Apparently his wife, Lady Clara Barron, was an avid gardener and insisted on having things her way when it came to plantings and prunings in the Government House gardens.

A story goes that once she complained about the top growth of the roses but nothing was done, and so she set about pruning the 700 rose bushes herself.

Sir Harry and Lady Clara had one daughter.

He governed for three years but towards the end of World War 1 he was embroiled in controversy when there was a call for the dissolving of Parliament.

He refused on the grounds of the expense and turmoil that would be created.

Sir Harry preferred to wait for an election that was due in eight months and said at the time that legislation was the answer to help returning servicemen.

He died in Surrey in England in 1921.

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