Francis Henry May

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About Francis Henry May

Francis Henry May was the son of George Augustus Chichester May, appointed in 1877 as the Lord Chief Justice of Ireland.

Francis became The Colonial Secretary for Hong Kong.

C.M.G. M.L.C.

In 1881, May was appointed to a Hong Kong Cadetship after a competitive examination. In 1886, he became the Assistant Protector of Chinese and private secretary to Governor Sir George William Des Vœux. He was also the private secretary to Acting Administrator Digby Barker (his future father-in-law) from 1889 to 1891.


May would hold the office of Assistant Colonial Secretary in 1891 and Acting Colonial Treasurer in 1892. He was made a member of the Legislative Council in 1895. From 1893 to 1902, May was the Captain Superintendent of the Hong Kong Police Force, Superintendent Victoria Gaol and Fire Brigade for Hong Kong between 1896 and 1902.

He held the position of Colonial Secretary for Hong Kong in 1902–1910, and became an acting administrator of Hong Kong in 1903, 1904, 1906, 1907, and 1910.

In 1910, May was appointed

Governor of Fiji and High Commissioner Western Pacific

, a position he would hold until 1912.