Walter Hely-Hutchinson

The Honourable
Sir Walter Hely-Hutchinson

Sir Walter Hely-Hutchinson

Sir Walter Hely-Hutchinson
Governor of Cape Colony
In office
9 January 1901  1910
Monarch Queen Victoria
Edward VII
Prime Minister Sir Gordon Sprigg
Sir Leander Starr Jameson
John X. Merriman
Preceded by Sir William Butler
Succeeded by Sir Henry Jenner Scobell
Governor of Natal
In office
Monarch Queen Victoria
Preceded by Francis Haden
Succeeded by Sir Henry Edward McCallum
Personal details
Born Walter Francis Hely-Hutchinson
(1849-08-22)22 August 1849
Died 23 September 1913(1913-09-23) (aged 64)
Children Victor Hely-Hutchinson
Alma mater University of Cambridge
Awards Knight Grand Cross of the Order of St Michael and St George

Sir Walter Francis Hely-Hutchinson GCMG (22 August 1849 – 23 September 1913) was an Anglo-Irish diplomat and colonial administrator.

Background and education

Hely-Hutchinson was the son of Richard Hely-Hutchinson, 4th Earl of Donoughmore, and attended the University of Cambridge.


Hely-Hutchinson served as Lieutenant-Governor of Malta between 1884 and 1889, as Governor and Commander-in-Chief of the Windward Islands between 1889 and 1893 and as Governor and Commander-in-Chief of Natal and Zululand between 1893 and 1901.[1] He was awarded the honorary degree of Doctor of Law (LL.D.) by the University of Edinburgh and was invested as a Knight Grand Cross of the Order of St. Michael and St. George He was invested as a Privy Counsellor; thus he was styled The Rt. Hon.

He was appointed Governor of the Cape Colony in 1901,[2] and was the last British governor until the post disappeared when the colony joined the Union of South Africa in 1910. He also acted as High Commissioner to South Africa in 1909 during the absence of Lord Selborne.

His son was the composer Victor Hely-Hutchinson.[3]


  1. The London Gazette: no. 26431. p. 4574. 11 August 1893. Retrieved 23 November 2012.
  2. The London Gazette: no. 27265. p. 229. 11 January 1901. Retrieved 11-10-2012.
  3. Victor Hely-Hutchinson at MusicWeb
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Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
Sir William Palmer, 2nd Earl of Selborne
British High Commissioner to South Africa
Succeeded by
Sir David Murray Anderson
Government offices
Preceded by
Sir Walter Sendall
Governor of the Windward Islands
Succeeded by
Sir Charles Bruce
Preceded by
Francis Haden
Governor of Natal
Succeeded by
Sir Henry McCallum
Preceded by
Sir William Butler
Governor of Cape Colony
Succeeded by
Sir Henry Scobell
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