Born in Portugal eight days after the death of his father in the Peninsula wars, Sir George Grey was a great traveller. He began his colonial career leading an exploring expedition to Western Australia, before becoming Governor of South Australia in 1840.
As well as his two terms of office in New Zealand, he was Governor of the Cape Colonies in South Africa, travelling back to Britain in between terms. He had a keen interest in exploration and corresponded with a number of famous explorers of the day.
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