Charles Patrick John Coghlan

Charles Patrick John Coghlan
The Honourable
Sir Charles Coghlan
1st Premier of Southern Rhodesia
In office
1 October 1923 – 28 August 1927
Monarch George V
Preceded by Francis Chaplin
Succeeded by Howard Unwin Moffat
Personal details
Born 24 June 1863
King William's Town, South Africa
Died 28 August 1927
Southern Rhodesia
Political party Rhodesian Party

Sir Charles Patrick John Coghlan (24 June 1863 – 28 August 1927) was the first Premier of Southern Rhodesia and held office from October 1, 1923 until his death on August 28, 1927.

Coghlan was born in King William's Town in South Africa and came to Rhodesia in 1900 to practice in Bulawayo as a lawyer. He was elected to the Legislative Council in the 1908 election first for the Western Electoral District and sat as Member for Bulawayo for 19 years.

Coghlan supported the renewal of the British South Africa Company's Charter in 1914, and opposed amalgamation with either Northern Rhodesia or South Africa. In 1921, he led a delegation to London to discuss responsible government, and in 1923, Southern Rhodesia was awarded the status of self-governing Colony within the British Empire.

Coghlan was honored by his burial, near Cecil Rhodes's grave, at "World's View" in the Matopos Hills near Bulawayo.

See also


  • Bridger, P., House, M., and others, 1973. Encyclopaedia Rhodesia, College Press, Salisbury, Rhodesia.
  • William Daniel Gale, 1974 History of Coghlan, Welsh & Guest

External links

Preceded by
Francis Chaplin
Premier of Southern Rhodesia
Succeeded by
Howard Moffat

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