Thomas Rober Gore Brown

Date of birth / Date established
03 Jul 1807
Date of death / Date closed
17 Apr 1887
Biography
Colonel Sir Thomas Robert Gore Browne KCMG CB (3 July 1807 – 17 April 1887) was a British colonial administrator, who was Governor of St Helena, Governor of New Zealand, Governor of Tasmania and Governor of Bermuda.
In September 1855 he was appointed Governor of New Zealand, replacing temporary Administrator Robert Wynyard. His handling of Māori land issues were a contributing factor in the outbreak of the First Taranaki War: despite divisions among Waitara Maori over the ownership of land, Browne persisted with the purchase of the disputed Pekapeka block, further inflaming tensions between Maori and English settlers. On 5 March 1860, Browne ordered the military occupation of the land, leading to the outbreak of war 12 days later.
The town of Gore, New Zealand was named after him

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