Governor-General of Fiji

The governor-general of Fiji was the representative of the Fijian monarch in the Dominion of Fiji from the country's independence in 1970 until the monarchy's deposition in 1987.

Governor-General of Fiji
StyleHis Excellency
ResidenceGovernment House, Suva
AppointerMonarch of Fiji
Formation10 October 1970
First holderSir Robert Sidney Foster
Final holderRatu Sir Penaia Ganilau
Abolished6 October 1987


Fiji became a sovereign state and an independent monarchy in the Commonwealth of Nations on 10 October 1970. Queen Elizabeth II became Fiji's monarch, and held the title of queen of Fiji until 1987, when the monarchy was deposed following two military coups, led by Lieutenant Colonel Sitiveni Rabuka.

The monarch's functions were exercised in Fiji by her representative, the governor-general of Fiji.

In 1987, following the monarchy's overthrow, the position of governor-general was abolished. The Fijian monarch was replaced with a president as head of state.

List of governors-general of Fiji

Following is a list of people who have served as governor-general of Fiji.

No. Portrait Name
Term of office Monarch
Took office Left office Time in office
1 Sir Robert Sidney Foster
10 October 1970 13 January 1973 2 years, 95 days
Elizabeth II
2 Ratu Sir George Cakobau
13 January 1973 12 February 1983 10 years, 30 days
3 Ratu Sir Penaia Ganilau
12 February 1983 6 October 1987 4 years, 236 days

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