The Dictionary of Australasian Biography/Carey, Major-General George Jackson

Carey, Major-General George Jackson, C.B., eldest son of Thomas Carey, of Rozel, Guernsey, by his second wife, Barbara, daughter of Colonel Jackson, M.P., was born in 1828, and entered the army in 1845. Having served with distinction in the Cape Mounted Rifles, of which he became major, he was military secretary to Sir James Jackson, when commanding the forces at the Cape, and was ultimately colonel of the 18th Irish. He was Acting Governor of the Isle of Wight in 1862, and served in New Zealand as colonel on the staff and brigadier-general from August 1863 to August 1865. He distinguished himself at the taking of Orakau (one of the few real successes of the war) in 1864, and in recognition of his services was made C.B. in 1865. Subsequently the Maori "king-maker," Te Waharoa, made his submission to him. Having been appointed to the command of the forces in Australia, he took up his residence in Melbourne, and on the departure of Sir Charles Darling was Acting Governor of Victoria, administering the government from May to August 1866. He returned to England in 1867, and was promoted to the command of the 2nd Brigade at Aldershot. In 1871 he was appointed to command the Northern District, and became major-general. He died at Manchester on Jane 12th, 1872. General Carey married in Feb. 1861 Hester Olivia, only daughter of William Gordon Thompson, of Clifton Gardens, Hyde Park, London.