The Hon. Sir Humphrey Vicary Gibbs KCMG, GCVO, OBE

Born1902 9 Portman Square, St. Marylebone
FatherThe Hon. Herbert Cokayne Gibbs (1854 – 1935)
MotherAnna Maria Durant (1862 – 1938)

Life Events

1934Married Dame Molly Peel Nelson DBE in St. John's Church, Bulawayo
1935Birth of son Jeremy Herbert Gibbs
1935Death of father The Hon. Herbert Cokayne Gibbs
1937Birth of son Nigel Henry Vicary Gibbs
1938Birth of son Timothy Durant Gibbs
1938Death of mother Anna Maria Durant
1941Birth of son Kenneth Richard Gibbs
1947Birth of son Simon Humphrey Gibbs

Biography and Notes

3rd son of Herbert Cokayne Gibbs, Lord Hunsdon. Baptised 13 January 1903 at St. Thomas's, Portman Square. Educated at Eton College, 1915-21, matric. Cambridge (Trinity College) 1921.

P.C. (1969), G.C.V.O. (1969); K.C.V.O. (1965); K.C.M.G. (1960); O.B.E. (1959); Governor of Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) 1957-1969; Hon. L.L.D., Birmingham 1969; Hon. D.C.L. East Anglia, 1969.

Farming in Rhodesia, near Bulawayo, since 1928. Founder Member and later Chairman of the Natural Resources Board; Founder Member of the Rhodesia National Farmers Union which encouraged Rhodesian farmers to produce more food for Britain in the Second World War. Member of Parliament (United Party) 1947-53; Chairman of the United Party for many years. One of the two originators of the Central African Trade Fair (later the Rhodesian Trade Fair).

Governor of Southern Rhodesia 1959; last Governor General (Acting) of the Federation of Rhodesia & Nyasaland. In 1965 after the Prime Minister of Rhodesia, Ian Smith, announced the 'Unilateral Declaration of Independence,' he remained at Government House for 4 years. In 1969 he was allowed to leave after a Referendum in Rhodesia which resulted in the declaration of a Republic.

Member of the Board of Barclays Bank for many years (except during his Governorship) until his retirement in 1978. Member of Wankie Colliery Board; Commercial Union Board, Premier Portland Cement Board and Gibbs & Co.

Active in the establishment and continuation of Private Schools, both Junior and Senior, Chairman of Ruzawi Board of Governors.

Knight Commander of the Order of St. John since 1963; Member of the Council for the Blind.

Clubs: Athenaeum' Bulawayo (Bulawayo, Zimbabwe); Salisbury (Salisbury, Zimbabwe).