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Context of Holograph and sepia photographic portrait | Sir George Grey, who was born in Lisbon, Portugal, was a soldier, explorer, writer, colonial governor, and Premier of New Zealand. He was Governor of New Zealand 1845-1853 and again 1861-1869. He graduated from the Sandhurst Military Academy in England. From 1841 to 1845 he was Governor of South Australia, and was then appointed by the Colonial Office to the governorship of New Zealand. In this post he managed to bring prosperity to a formerly struggling new colony. He returned to England but later came out to New Zealand once more. He entered Parliament and from 1877 to 1879 was Premier of New Zealand, of which he had twice been Governor, a unique distinction. He was also a patron of the fine arts and a recorder of the legends and stories of the Maori people. The General to whom the 1860 letter was written was probably Charles Richard Fox (1796-1873), a British army officer and later, a politician. Sir George Barrow (1806-1876) 2nd bart., referred to in the letter, was a British civil servant
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