Sir Walter Hely-Hutchinson
|Governor of Cape Colony|
9 January 1901 - 1910
|Sir Gordon Sprigg|
Sir Leander Starr Jameson
John X. Merriman
|Sir William Butler|
|Sir Henry Jenner Scobell|
|Governor of Natal|
|Sir Henry Edward McCallum|
Walter Francis Hely-Hutchinson
22 August 1849
|Died||23 September 1913(aged 64)|
|Alma mater||University of Cambridge|
|Awards||Knight Grand Cross of the Order of St Michael and St George|
Hely-Hutchinson was a barrister of the Inner Temple, 1877; Private Secretary to Sir Hercules Robinson, Governor of New South Wales; for Fiji Affairs, 1874; for New South Wales, 1875; Colonial Secretary of Barbadoes, 1877; Chief Secretary to the Government of Malta, 1883; Lieutenant-Governor of Malta between 1884 and 1889, as Governor and Commander-in-Chief of the Windward Islands between 1889 and 1893 and as Governor and Commander-in-Chief of Natal and Zululand between 1893 and 1901 and Special Commissioner for Amatongaland. While in Natal he inaugurated the system of Responsible Government in Natal, and completed the annexation of the Trans-Pongola Territories, which form an integral part of Zululand.
He was appointed Governor of the Cape Colony in 1901, during the height of the Second Boer War in South Africa, and was the last British governor until the post disappeared when the colony joined the Union of South Africa in 1910. He also acted as High Commissioner for Southern Africa in 1909 during the absence of Lord Selborne. Following the end of the Boer war in June 1902, he was among those responsible for introducing the peace settlement in the colony. In November-December 1902 he made a month long tour of the Malmesbury, Saldanha Bay, Piquetberg, Clanwilliam, and Ceres districts.
He was awarded the honorary degree of Doctor of Law (LL.D.) by the University of Edinburgh and was invested as a Knight Grand Cross of the Order of St. Michael and St. George. He was invested as a Privy Counsellor; thus he was styled The Rt. Hon.
Hey-Hutchinson married in 1881 the daughter of General W. C. Justice, C.M.G. (commanding the troops in Ceylon). Their son was the composer Victor Hely-Hutchinson; his daughter, Natalie, married the archaeologist and administrator Gerard Mackworth Young.