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).