Sir Matthew Nathan (1862–1939)

Sir Matthew Nathan (1862–1939)

Sir Matthew Nathan (1862–1939)
Born in Paddington, England and educated at Sandhurst, he was a governor of Sierra Leone, the Gold Coast and Hong Kong and became Under-secretary for Ireland in 1914. Working under Augustine Birrell, Nathan liaised with John Redmond’s Irish Parliamentary Pary but was concerned with Volunteer recruiting in Ireland.

A British report after the Rising found: “In our view he carried out with the utmost loyalty the policy of the Government, and of his immediate superior, the Chief Secretary, but we consider that he did not sufficiently impress upon the Chief Secretary during the latter’s prolonged absences from Dublin the necessity for more active measures to remedy the situation in Ireland, which come December 18th last, in a letter to the Chief Secretary, he described as “most serious and menacing”.

Nathan moved back to the British ministry of pensions, and in 1920 became governor of Queensland until retirement in 1925.