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General Sir Charles Henry Gairdner, GBE, KCMG, KCVO, CB (1898 – 8 May 1983) was a British Army general during World War II and was Governor of Western Australiamarker from 1951 to 1963, and Governor of Tasmaniamarker from 1963 to 1968.

Early life

He was born in Bataviamarker (now Jakartamarker, Indonesiamarker) in 1898, and was educated at Repton Schoolmarker in Englandmarker, and the Royal Military Academymarker.

Military career

Gairdner joined the British Army in 1916, as a 2nd Lieutenant in H.M. Land Forces. He spent two years at Staff College from 1933 to 1934. From 1937 to 1940, he was the commanding officer of the 10th Royal Hussars, before being chief of staff of the 7th Armoured Division then General Officer Commanding of the 6th and 8th Armoured Divisions. He was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by the United Statesmarker in Londonmarker on January 16, 1947.

Governor of Western Australia and Tasmania

Gairdner's distinguished military career was rewarded in 1951 when he was appointed Governor of Western Australia. He was governor during a number of Royal Visits to Perth - the earliest being in 1954 His long residency in Western Australia was during a time when Perth and Western Australia was undergoing significant post war change.

In 1963, he became Governor of Tasmania for five years.

Gairdner died in 1983, and the Sir Charles Gairdner Hospitalmarker in Perthmarker was named in his honour.


  1. Statesmen & Scholars And other fascinating Western Australians: A Tour Guide for the Karrakatta Cemetery Historical Walk Trail 1, Metropolitan Cemeteries Board (WA).
  2. Lieutenant-General Sir Charles Gairdner 1951-1963, The Constitutional Centre of Western Australia.
  3. Edmonds, Jack (editor) (1979) Swan River colony : life in Western Australia since the early colonial settlement, illustrated by pictures from an exhibition mounted by West Australian Newspapers Ltd. as a contribution to celebrations for the state's 150th year Perth: West Australian Newspapers.ISBN 0909699208 - page 87 - Sir Charles with the Queen

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