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Air Chief Marshal Sir Wallace Kyle GCB KCVO CBE DSO

Photo of Air Chief Marshal Sir Wallace Kyle GCB KCVO CBE DSO1975 – 1980

Wallace Kyle was a Goldfields’ boy, born in Kalgoorlie in 1910. He came to Perth to study at Guildford Grammar School.

He attended the RAF College at Cranwell in the United Kingdom and joined the 17 Squadron RAF in 1930. He was a flying instructor from 1934 to 1939. From 1940 until 1945 he served in the Fleet Air Arm and in Bomber Command.

During that time he commanded 139 Squadron in which Hughie Edwards, his predecessor as Governor, also served. He succeeded Sir Hughie Edwards as Governor of Western Australia on 24 November 1975.

Sir Wallace and Lady Kyle encouraged the public to visit and access the Gardens at Government House. A permanent reminder of their time at Government House is the Lady Kyle Garden, established in 1979 to celebrate Western Australia’s 150th Anniversary.

Sir Wallace retired from his post on 16 May 1980 and returned to England where he died in 1988.