Henry Young

Henry Edward Fox Young ( born April 23 1803 in Brabourne, UK, † September 18, 1870 in London) was from 1848 to 1854 Governor of South Australia and then from 1855 to 1861 the first governor of Tasmania.


Young was born as the third son of Sir Aretas William Young in Brabourne in Kent. He attended the Dean 's School in Bromley, Middlesex, and joined with the intention to become a lawyer, the Bar Inner Temple.

1827 Young was however nominated for a position in the Treasury of the former colony of Trinidad and drove 1828 Demerara in British Guiana. In 1834 he was appointed Treasurer on the Caribbean island of St. Lucia, but by 1835 he was back working as a government clerk in British Guyana. In 1847 he was appointed lieutenant governor of a territory at the Cape of Good Hope in London. 1847 Young was appointed Knight of the Order of St Michael and St George.

On August 1, 1848 Young arrived in South Australia, there to assist the establishment of a colonial government. 1851 was the first parliament of South Australia, consisting of 24 members, is formed.

In January 1855 he became the first governor of Van Diemen's Land, now known as Tasmania, was appointed. During his tenure, the island was the first government and its own constitution. In 1856 the island, as a sign of dissociation from its past as a pure penal colony, renamed Tasmania.

After his term left Young Tasmania, went back to England and lived there in retirement until his death in September 1870. He is buried in the Brompton Cemetery in London.

After the wife of Young, Augusta, the city of Port Augusta in South Australia is named.