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Victor Albert George Child-Villiers, 7th Earl of Jersey

(1845-1915), Colonial governor

Sitter in 11 portraits
Child-Villiers succeeded to his father's titles and estates at the age of fourteen while still at school. An enthusiastic athlete, he represented Oxford in the mile race at the first Oxford versus Cambridge athletics meeting in 1865. In later life, he was prominent in athletics administration. Child-Villiers served as a Lord-in-Waiting to Queen Victoria between 1875 and 1877, and in 1889 became Paymaster General in the Salisbury government. He was appointed Governor of New South Wales in 1890, and arrived in Sydney at the beginning of the following year. However, the post was not to his liking and he returned to Britain after less than two years.



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