Charles Fitzgerald

Captain Charles Fitzgerald CB (1791 – 29 December 1887) was the Governor of The Gambia from 1844 until 1847, then Governor of Western Australia from 1848 to 1855.[1]

Son of William FitzGerald, 2nd Duke of Leinster, Fitzgerald joined the navy in March 1809, passed his examination in 1815, and was commissioned in March 1826.[1] Soon after his arrival in Western Australia in 1848, Fitzgerald accompanied Augustus Gregory on an expedition in the Northampton region where Gregory and his brother had discovered lead the year before. An encounter with Aborigines resulted in Fitzgerald being speared in the leg and at least three Aborigines shot dead.[2]

The town of Geraldton, Western Australia was named after him.[1]

See also

  • O'Byrne, William Richard (1849). "Fitzgerald, Charles" . A Naval Biographical Dictionary. John Murray via Wikisource.


  1. Crowley, F. K. "FitzGerald, Charles (1791–1887)". Australian Dictionary of Biography. Canberra: Australian National University. Retrieved 14 September 2012.
  2. Stannage, C.T. (1981). A New History of Western Australia. University of Western Australia Press, Nedlands. p. 97.
Government offices
Preceded by
Edmund Norcott
Governor of The Gambia
Succeeded by
Sir Richard Graves MacDonnell
Preceded by
Lieutenant-Colonel Frederick Irwin
Governor of Western Australia
Succeeded by
Sir Arthur Kennedy
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