administrator, noun

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Often with initial capital.
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EnglishShow more Special senses of general English administrator one who administers.
historical
a. Prior to Union in 1910: the chief executive officer of any territory in South Africa which was situated beyond the borders of the Cape Colony and had been annexed by the Crown.
1875 Constit. Amendment Law in G.W. Eybers Sel. Constit. Doc. (1918) 199Enacted by the Administrator of the Government of Natal, with the advice and consent of the Legislative Council thereof.
1882 Tvl Advertiser 14 Jan. 1In the civil capacity of Administrator of the Transvaal.
1900 H.C. Hillegas Oom Paul’s People 55Sir Owen Lanyon, a man of no tact and an inordinate hater of the Boers, succeeded Shepstone as administrator of the Transvaal in 1879.
1946 S. Cloete Afr. Portraits 121Meanwhile, in March, 1879, Sir Owen Lanyon, a soldier by profession, who knew nothing of administration and spoke no Dutch, replaced Shepstone as administrator of the Transvaal.
1973 K.H.C. McIntyre in Std Encycl. of Sn Afr. IX. 611He (sc. Sir T. Shepstone) proceeded to the Transvaal..annexed that Boer republic to the Crown and as Administrator made tentative efforts to introduce his own administrative system.
b. Between 1910 and 1994: the chief executive officer of one of South Africa’s four provinces.
1909 S. Afr. Act in G.W. Eybers Sel. Constit. Doc. (1918) 536In each province there shall be a chief executive officer appointed by the Governor-General in Council, who shall be styled the administrator of the province, and in whose name all executive acts relating to provincial affairs therein shall be done.
1926 M. Nathan S. Afr. from Within 127In terms of the South Africa Act, an administrator, to hold office for five years, was appointed in each of the new Provinces.
1936 Cambridge Hist. of Brit. Empire VIII. 689Each original colony was to retain its identity as a Province of the Union with an Administrator at its head. This officer is appointed for five years and may not be removed in the interim except by the Governor-General in Council for cause assigned, which must be communicated to both Houses.
c1936 S. & E. Afr. Yr Bk & Guide 140The chief executive officer is the Administrator assisted by a Council, elected for three years by those entitled to vote for the House of Assembly. Four members, chosen by the Council, form the Executive Committee.
1943 L. Sowden Union of S. Afr. 150General Smuts appointed him Administrator (a post analogous to Governor) of the Transvaal Province.
1957 Act 33 in Stat. of Union 372‘Administrator’, in any law passed since the establishment of the Union, means the Administrator of the province for or in respect of which that law was enacted.
1967 M.S. Geen Making of S. Afr. 217The Administrator is the head of the provincial system of government. He is appointed by the State President for a period of five years, and is eligible for reappointment.
1974 A.P. Cartwright By Waters of Letaba 143In 1917 Mr Simon Bekker, then the Administrator of the Transvaal, initiated a system of farm schools.
1989 Cape Times 12 Jan. 6The refusal of the Administrator of the Cape..to accede to the wishes of East London to open one of the city’s most popular beaches to all races.
1990 Sash Vol.33 No.1, 23In Cape Town, pensioners held placards which told their story outside the administrator’s garden party. This led to a meeting with the administrator and Cape Provincial Administration officials.
the chief executive officer of any territory in South Africa which was situated beyond the borders of the Cape Colony and had been annexed by the Crown.
the chief executive officer of one of South Africa’s four provinces.

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