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Sir William Robinson 
GCMG


In office
19 February 1883 – 5 March 1899
Monarch Victoria
Premier John Cox Bray (1883-84)
John Colton (1884-85)
Sir John Downer (1885-87)
Thomas Playford II (1887-89)
Preceded by Sir William Jervois
Succeeded by The Rt Hon. Earl of Kintore

In office
1875 – 1877
Preceded by Frederick Weld
Succeeded by Harry Ord

In office
1880 – 1883
Preceded by Harry Ord
Succeeded by Frederick Broome

In office
1890 – 1895
Preceded by Frederick Broome
Succeeded by Gerard Smith

Born 14 January 1834(1834-01-14)
Died 2 May 1897 (aged 63)
Nationality British

Sir William Cleaver Francis Robinson, GCMG (born 14 January 1834 – 2 May 1897) was a British colonial administrator and a musical composer, being the author of several well known songs. He was the fifth son of Admiral Hercules Robinson.

In 1858 he entered the service of the Colonial Office as private secretary to his elder brother, Hercules Robinson, 1st Baron Rosmead, who was then Lieutenant Governor of St. Kitts.

He married in 1862 and in 1866 was appointed Governor of the Falkland Islands. On 10 June 1873 he was appointed Governor for the Province of Prince Edward Island and created a Companion of the Order of St. Michael and St. George (CMG).

After leaving Prince Edward Island he was made Governor of Western Australia and served three terms being 1875 to 1877, 1880 to 1883 and 1890 to 1895, which included the transition of the colony to self-governance in 1890. He was made a KCMG in 1877 and a GCMG in 1887.

Between the three terms of office in Western Australia, he took the offices of Governor of the Straits Settlements (1877-1879) and Governor of South Australia (1883-1889).

Robinson retired from active service in 1895 aged 61 and died two years later in South Kensington, London.

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Preceded by
Capt. James George Mackenzie
Governor of the Falkland Islands
1866–1870
Succeeded by
Colonel George Abbas Kooli D'Arcy
Preceded by
Sir Robert Hodgson
Governor of Prince Edward Island
1873–1874
Succeeded by
Sir Robert Hodgson
Preceded by
Sir Frederick Weld
Governor of Western Australia
1875–1877
Succeeded by
Major-General Sir Harry Ord
Preceded by
Sir William Jervois
Governor of the Straits Settlements
1877–1879
Succeeded by
Sir Frederick Aloysius Weld
Preceded by
Major-General Sir Harry Ord
Governor of Western Australia
1880–1883
Succeeded by
Sir Frederick Broome
Preceded by
Lieutenant General Sir William F.D. Jervois, GCMG, CB
Governor of South Australia
1883–1889
Succeeded by
Right Honourable the Earl of Kintore, PC, GCMG
Preceded by
Sir Frederick Broome
Governor of Western Australia
1890–1891
Succeeded by
Lieutenant-Colonel Sir Gerard Smith
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