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Major-General Sir Harry Barron KCMG CVO

Photo of Major-General Sir Harry Barron KCMG CVO1913 – 1917

Sir Harry Barron was born on 11 August 1847. Educated privately and at the Royal Military Academy, Woolwich, he was commissioned lieutenant in the Royal Artillery in 1867 and enjoyed the steady promotion of a successful peace-time professional officer.

He married Lady Clara Barron in 1877 and they had one daughter.

Barron became Governor of Tasmania from September 1909 to March 1913, then Governor of Western Australia from 17 March 1913 until 26 February 1917.

With the outbreak of the First World War, he and Lady Clara Barron were actively involved in Perth’s war effort. The Government House Ballroom was offered as a place for women to learn nursing, first aid and cooking. Clothing and supplies were collected at Government House and sorted by volunteers before being sent overseas. For his part, Barron lent his support to the recruitment drive, publicly recognising those men who had enlisted.

He retired to Weybridge, Surrey and died on 27 March 1921.