George Le Hunte

Sir George Ruthven Le Hunte GCMG (20 August 1852 – 29 January 1925) was a British politician. He served as Governor of South Australia from 1 July 1903 until 18 February 1909, soon after federation of Australia.[1][2]

Sir George Le Hunte
15th Governor of South Australia
In office
1 July 1903  18 February 1909
MonarchEdward VII
PremierJohn Jenkins(1903–05)
Richard Butler (1905)
Thomas Price (1905–09)
Preceded byLord Tennyson
Succeeded bySir Day Bosanquet
Personal details
Born20 August 1852
Died29 January 1925 (1925-01-30) (aged 72)


He was born in Porthgain, Pembrokeshire, Wales, the son of George and Mary Le Hunte. He was educated at Eton College and Trinity College, Cambridge.[3]

Le Hunte served as President of Dominica (1887–94), secretary of Barbados (1894–97) and Mauritius (1897); and Lieutenant-Governor of British New Guinea (1899–1903). He was Governor of South Australia 1903–08/9, and then Governor of Trinidad and Tobago from 1908 to 1915, retiring 1916.[4]

As South Australian Governor, Le Hunte became the first patron of the Royal Automobile Association of South Australia when it was formed in 1903. The District Council of Le Hunte in the north of Eyre Peninsula was named after him before it was changed to Wudinna District Council in 2008.


George Le Hunte married Caroline Rachel Clowes (c. 1854 – 18 May 1939) on 14 February 1884; she was a cousin of Evelyn May Clowes.[5] They had two children:

  • John Le Hunte (11 August 1886 – ) married Vera Spurgin, daughter of John Henry Spurgin,[6] on 12 August 1913. While there were reports of his being killed in action early in World War I,[7] he was a prisoner of war; during World War II he worked in the Air Ministry.[8]
  • Editha Rachel Le Hunte (c. October 1892 – ) married Godfrey Barton Pease (15 May 1887 – ) on 5 October 1912. Details of his death in WWI[9] have also been hard to find. Other reports[10] indicate they both survived to 1919 at least.
  • Lt.-Col. Godfrey Philip Desmond Pease (19 September 1913 – 8 March 2007)
  • Ann Pease ( – ) married Lt.-Col. William Eliott Lockhart


  1. Le Hunte, Sir George Ruthven (1852–1925), Australian Dictionary of Biography
  2. Obituary JSTOR
  3. "Le Hunte, George Ruthven (L870GR)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge.
  4. "le Hunte, Sir George Ruthven". Who's Who. A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc. (Subscription or UK public library membership required.)
  5. "Sir George Le Hunte Dead". The Register. Vol. XC, no. 26, 239. South Australia. 31 January 1925. p. 9. Retrieved 16 September 2018 via National Library of Australia.
  6. Walford, Edward (1919). The county families of the United Kingdom; or, Royal manual of the titled and untitled aristocracy of England, Wales, Scotland, and Ireland. Dalcassian Publishing Company.
  7. "Concerning People". The Register. Vol. LXXXIII, no. 22, 396. South Australia. 20 August 1918. p. 4. Retrieved 17 September 2018 via National Library of Australia.
  8. James, L. Warwick (1952). Marlborough College Register: 1843-1952. The College. p. 444.
  9. "Concerning People". The Register. Vol. LXXXIII, no. 22, 283. South Australia. 10 April 1918. p. 6. Retrieved 17 September 2018 via National Library of Australia.
  10. "Our Vice-Regal Ladies". The Critic. Vol. XIX, no. 1092. South Australia. 15 January 1919. p. 9. Retrieved 17 September 2018 via National Library of Australia.
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