1917 – 1920

Sir William Ellison-Macartney was well educated, attending Eton and Exeter Colleges, and Oxford where he studied history, law, and politics. In 1912, he was appointed Governor of Tasmania and Knighted at the same time.

Sir William was the first Governor to have a car, and when he took up the position of Governor of Western Australia on 9 April 1917, he brought with him his two cars and a chauffeur.

As proud as he was to be viceroy of Western Australia, Governor Ellison-Macartney’s term of office would forever be blighted by the tragedy that befell his family in mid-1918.

As a result of a horse riding accident whilst the Governor and his two daughters were enjoying their regular afternoon riding excursion, his twenty year old daughter Phoebe sustained severe head injuries. Sadly, she died two days later and is buried at Karrakatta Cemetery. Sir William was Governor until 8 April 1920.

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