bernard freyberg

Personal details

Full Name:

  • Bernard Freyberg


  • 21 Mar 18894 Jul 1963

A First World War hero and commander of the 2nd New Zealand Expeditionary Force, Bernard Freyberg proved to be a charismatic and popular military leader who would later serve a term as Governor-General

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Events In History


Viceregal visiting

  • Viceregal visiting

    'To be invisible is to be forgotten,' constitutional theorist Walter Bagehot (1826–77) warned. For the King or Queen's New Zealand representative, the governor-general, that meant hitting the road

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  • Page 2 - Putting on appearancesNew Zealanders loved a good viceregal do, and no one was observed more closely than Their

Notes for My Successor

  • Notes for My Successor

    Until the late 1960s New Zealand's governors-general were British, mainly minor aristocrats, or admirals or generals.

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  • Page 4 – Staff and servants

    Lord Bledisloe (1930–35) felt that senior staff 'should be fond of dancing and of games and sport of all kinds, as these accomplishments appeal to people here I

  • Page 3 – Hail and farewell

    The new governor-general had to make a good impression. That meant landing in the capital.

History of the Governor-General

  • History of the Governor-General

    New Zealand has had a governor or (from 1917) a governor-general since 1840. The work of these men and women has reflected the constitutional and political history of New Zealand in many ways.

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  • Page 6 - RegalisedThe constitutional arrangements of the British Empire changed greatly between the creation of the Imperial War Cabinet in 1917 and the passing of the Statute of Westminster in