1924 – 1931
Sir William Campion was 54 years old when he became Western Australia’s Governor on 28 October 1924.
He was born in England and educated at Eton and Oxford and then joined the London Stock Exchange. In 1894, he married Katherine Byron, the granddaughter of the 7th Lord Byron who inherited the title from his first cousin who was the famous romantic poet.
Sir William was knighted in 1924, and in the same year was appointed Western Australia’s Governor. The Campions were very popular in the role and his term of office was extended.
In 1927 Sir William welcomed the Duke and Duchess of York (the future King George Vl, the present Queen’s father) to Western Australia’s shores for a six day visit.
After his departure from office on 8 June 1931, Campion continued to promote Western Australia back in England for the rest of his life. He died in Sussex in 1951 at the age of 81.