Governors' Game: Faces and Facts - Sheet #2
Below are the pictures and clues for 9 of the 18 governors used in the
Governors' Game. When playing the game, you see the clue and the picture but
you have to pick the name out of a list. So take this opportunity to learn
the faces and facts about each of these governors.
Major General Sir John Harvey (1841-46)
At the beginning of his term, this governor released several Roman Catholics who had been
imprisoned during the election riots in the winter of 1840. In 1846, he left Newfoundland
to accept the post as lieutenant-governor of Nova Scotia.
Colonel Sir John Gaspard Le Marchant (1847-52)
Opposed to Newfoundland gaining autonomous rule, this governor was forced to contend with
lobbyists for Responsible Government. He attempted to introduce improved farming practices
to the British colony. In 1852, he was appointed lieutenant-governor of Nova Scotia.
Sir Alexander Bannerman (1857-1864)
Referred to as "Sir Sandy" by some of his closest friends, this governor was a native of
Aberdeen, Scotland. Before his appointment in Newfoundland, he had served as lieutenant-governor of
Prince Edward Island and as governor of the Bahamas.
Sir Anthony Musgrave (1864-69)
During his tenure as governor, he worked to gain support for Confederation. He believed
that a union with Canada would prove to be the best solution to the country's economic,
social and political problems. Despite his efforts, Newfoundland did not join Confederation
until the 20th century.
Sir Henry Berkeley Fitzhardinge Maxse (1881-83)
It was under his governorship that construction began on the trans-island railway. Married
to a German woman, this governor preferred to spend much of his time in Germany rather
Sir Cavendish Boyle (1901-1904)
This governor wrote a poem Ode to Newfoundland which was later adopted as the national
anthem. It was during his governorship that the first transatlantic wireless telegram
was sent from Cornwall, England to St. John's, Newfoundland.
Sir Albert Joseph Walsh (1949)
This man was the first lieutenant-governor of Newfoundland. He was appointed as a
transitory governor during Newfoundland's entry into Confederation with Canada. He
served for only five months before resigning to accept a position as Chief Justice.
Sir Leonard Cecil Outerbridge (1949-1957)
Born in North Carolina, he had led a group of St. John's merchants in publicly
supporting confederation during the 1948 referendum. This was a significant development, since
it had been assumed that the business community was united in its backing of Responsible
Arthur Maxwell House (1997-2002)
He was the tenth lieutenant governor of Newfoundland and Labrador. After attending Memorial
University College, he obtained his medical degree from Dalhousie University in Nova Scotia.