He was knighted in 1974 upon his appointment as Governor of WA. His first appointment was to christen Alan Bond's Americas Cup challenger Southern Cross. One of the couple's first visitors was Thomas Dunhill who had consumed 10 beers and wanted to see the house. Apparently Lady Edwards found him in the pantry. He was arrested by the police but no charges were laid.
Probably the most notable event in Sir Hughie's tenure was the near-riotous greeting of Prime Minister Gough Whitlam by farmers in Forrest Place. The farmers were protesting at the removal of a $12 super phosphate bounty and ended up throwing missiles at the PM while he attempted to address the crowd. Shortly afterwards, Sir Hughie's federal counterpart, Governor-General Sir John Kerr, sacked Whitlam and his government in one of the most controversial events in Australian politics.
Sir Hughie retired
from the post due to ill health in 1975 just weeks before the arrival of Princess
Anne and her then husband Captain Mark Phillips. He and Lady Edwards went
to live in Sydney where he continued in semi-retirement with commercial interests.
seven years later.
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