General Sir Richard Bourke was born in 1777 in Dublin, Ireland. In 1825 the Colonial Office appointed him lieutenant-governor of the Eastern District of Cape Colony. When the governor, Lord Charles Somerset, returned to England on leave (and later resigned), Bourke assumed office as acting governor of the whole colony (1825-1828). In 1831 he transferred to Australia as governor of New South Wales; he resigned his office in December 1837. Bourke died in 1855 at his estate, Thornfield, Castleconnell, county Limerick, Ireland.
Correspondence and papers mainly relating to his administration of the Cape of Good Hope colony (Cape Colony), with a summary of content. Comprises:
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Listed as no. 791 in Manuscript Collections of Africana in Rhodes House Library, Oxford, compiled by Louis B. Frewer (Oxford, Bodleian Library, 1968).Publication Note
Listed in Private Papers of British Colonial Governors, 1782-1900, by The Historical Manuscripts Commission (1986).
Bourke | Richard | 1777-1855 | Sir | Knight General Colonial Governor
Governors | Cape of Good Hope (South Africa)
Great Britain | Colonies | Africa
Cape of Good Hope (South Africa) | Officials and employees
South Africa | History | Frontier Wars, 1811-1878