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The Dictionary of Australasian Biography/Ord, Major-General Sir Harry St. George

Ord, Major-General Sir Harry St. George, R.E., G.C.M.G., C.B., sometime Governor of Western Australia, was the son of the late H. Ord, and was born in 1819. He entered the Royal Engineers in 1837, and was promoted to be lieutenant in 1839, captain in 1846, brevet-major in 1854, lieut.-colonel in 1859, and major-general in 1869. He served principally in the West Indies and on the coast of Africa. He acted as brigade-major in the combined French and English expedition to the Baltic in 1854; and was at the siege and capture of Bomarsund, for which he received brevet rank. He was employed under the Colonial Office in 1855-6 as Commissioner to the Gold Coast; and in 1856-7 and 1860 at the courts of Paris and the Hague, to assist the ambassador and minister in carrying out negotiations with respect to the French and Netherlands possessions on the coast of Africa. Sir Harry was appointed Lieut.-Governor of Dominica in August 1857; and Governor and Commander-in-Chief of Bermuda in Feb. 1861. He was sent on a special mission to the settlements on the west coast of Africa in Oct. 1864, and was made Governor of the Straits Settlements in 1867. He was Governor of Western Australia from Nov. 12th, 1877, to April 6th, 1880. He married in 1846 Julia Graham, daughter of Admiral James Carpenter, who still survives. Sir Harry died in 1885.