Arthur Stanley, 5th Baron Stanley of Alderley

For other people named Arthur Stanley, see Arthur Stanley (disambiguation).
The Right Honourable
The Lord Stanley of Alderley
14th Governor of Victoria
In office
23 February 1914  30 January 1920
Monarch King George V
Preceded by Sir John Fuller, Bt
Succeeded by The Earl of Stradbroke
Personal details
Born (1875-09-14)14 September 1875
London, England, UK
Died 22 August 1931(1931-08-22) (aged 55)
London, England, UK
Nationality British
Spouse(s) Margaret Evelyn Evans Gordon
Children Edward Stanley, 6th Baron Stanley of Alderley

Arthur Lyulph Stanley, 5th Baron Stanley of Alderley KCMG (14 September 1875 22 August 1931), also 5th Baron Sheffield and 4th Baron Eddisbury, was an English nobleman and Governor of Victoria from 1914 to 1920.

Stanley was the second child and first son of Edward Lyulph Stanley, 4th Baron Stanley and Mary Katherine Bell. On 29 August 1905 he married Margaret Evelyn Evans Gordon. They had five children:

Stanley was educated at Eton and Balliol College, Oxford where obtained a BA in 1898. In 1902 he was called to the bar at the Inner Temple. In 1904 he became a London County Councillor and in 1906 became Liberal Member of Parliament for Eddisbury in Cheshire near the family seat. Whilst an MP he was Parliamentary Secretary to the Postmaster General serving under Sydney Buxton. His sister, Venetia Stanley, was a close correspondent of the Prime Minister and leader of the Liberal party, H. H. Asquith.

In 1913 he was serving as High Sheriff of Anglesey when he was appointed Governor of Victoria. He was made a Knight Commander of the Order of St Michael and St George (KCMG) and took up his post on 23 February 1914. He served a five-year term and an additional year until relinquishing the post on 30 January 1920, although he had returned to Britain the previous year due to ill health. In the 1923 General election he stood unsuccessfully as Liberal candidate for Knutsford, losing by 80 votes to Conservative, Sir Ernest Makins. From 1925 to 1928 he was Chairman of the Royal Colonial Institute and of the East Africa Joint Committee.

In 1925 he succeeded his father to the three baronies and was known by the Stanley title. He died in August 1931 of a bacterial infection, actinomycosis. He was succeeded by his son Edward.

In his capacity as former Governor of Victoria, he attended the Covent Garden farewell of the Australian soprano Nellie Melba, and made a speech thanking her for her artistry and war-work. HMV recorded several excerpts of the evening, including Lord Stanley's speech, all of which can be heard on CD today.[2][3]


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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Henry James Tollemache
Member of Parliament for Eddisbury
1906January 1910
Succeeded by
Harry Barnston
Government offices
Preceded by
Sir John Fuller, Bt
Governor of Victoria
1914 1920
Succeeded by
The Earl of Stradbroke
Peerage of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Edward Lyulph Stanley
Baron Stanley of Alderley
1925 1931
Succeeded by
Edward John Stanley
Baron Eddisbury
1925 1931
Peerage of Ireland
Preceded by
Edward Lyulph Stanley
Baron Sheffield
1925 1931
Succeeded by
Edward John Stanley
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