Sir Charles FERGUSSON - 3rd Governor-General of New Zealand
Sir Charles FERGUSSON , 7th Baronet GCB, GCMG, DSO, MVO (17 January 1865 – 20 February 1951) was a British Army officer and the third Governor-General of New Zealand.
Sir Charles was the son of Sir James FERGUSSON the 6th Governor of New Zealand & Lady Edith Christian BROUN-RAMSAY
He was educated at Eton and Sandhurst
Sir Charles's father Sir James Fergusson was a Governor of New Zealand and his son Bernard was also Governor-General of New Zealand.
On 20 June 1929 Sir Charles' was involved in a railway accident following the 1929 Murchison earthquake. Departing the National Dairy Show at Palmerston North with 200 passengers on board, the Vice Regal Carriage was attached to the rear of the train with their excellencies, Sir Charles and Lady Alice and other members of the Vice Regal party. The train hit a slip between Paekakariki and Pukerua Bay, with the locomotive falling down a steep bank and injuring the driver. The first three carriages of the train also left the rails, but the Vice Regal carriage remained on the tracks and the Governor-General and his party only suffered minor cuts and bruises.
Sir Charles was Lord Lieutenant of Ayrshire from 1937 until his death on 20 February 1951.
His son Bernard Edward FERGUSSON KT, GCMG, GCVO, DSO, OBE (6 May 1911 – 28 November 1980, was appointed as the 10th Governor-General of New Zealand.