Governor of Northern Rhodesia

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Governor of Northern Rhodesia
Flag of the Governor of Northern Rhodesia (1939-1964).svg
Flag of the governor of Northern Rhodesia (1939–1964)
Style His Excellency The Right Honourable
Appointer British monarch
Formation1 April 1924
First holder Herbert Stanley
Final holder Evelyn Hone
Abolished24 October 1964

The governor of Northern Rhodesia was the representative of the British monarch in the self-governing colony of Northern Rhodesia from 1924 to 1964. The governor was appointed by the Crown and acted as the local head of state, receiving instructions from the British government.


Establishment of the office

The office was established on 20 February 1924, when the Northern Rhodesia Order in Council, 1924 was adopted. [1] It provided that "In place of the Administrator for whose appointment provision is made by the Northern Rhodesia Order in Council, 1911, there shall be a Governor and Commander in Chief in and over Northern Rhodesia...".

List of governors of Northern Rhodesia

Term of officeMonarch Prime minister
of Zambia
Took officeLeft officeTime in office
1 Sir Herbert James Stanley.jpg Sir Herbert Stanley
1 April 192425 July 19273 years, 115 days George V Position not established
No image.svg Richard Allmond Jeffrey Goode
25 July 192731 August 192737 days
2 No image.svg Sir James Maxwell
31 August 19271 December 19325 years, 92 days
3 Sir Ronald Storrs LCCN2014717333 (cropped).jpg Sir Ronald Storrs
1 December 19327 January 19352 years, 37 days
4 No image.svg Major Sir Hubert Winthrop Young
7 January 1935July 19383 years, 175 daysGeorge V
Edward VIII
George VI
5 No image.svg Sir John Maybin
1 September 19389 April 1941†2 years, 220 daysGeorge VI
No image.svg William Marston Logan
9 April 194116 October 1941190 days
6 No image.svg Sir John Waddington
16 October 194116 October 19476 years
No image.svg Robert Christopher Stafford Stanley
16 October 194719 February 1948126 days
7 No image.svg Sir Gilbert Rennie
19 February 19488 March 19546 years, 17 daysGeorge VI
Elizabeth II
8 No image.svg Alexander Williams
8 March 195425 May 195478 daysElizabeth II
9 No image.svg Sir Arthur Benson
25 May 195422 April 19594 years, 332 days
10 No image.svg Sir Evelyn Hone
22 April 195924 October 19645 years, 185 days Kaunda
(22 April–24 October 1964)

For continuation after independence, see: President of Zambia

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  1. Northern Rhodesia Order in Council, 1924