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n. pl. gov·er·nors-gen·er·al or gov·er·nor-gen·er·als
A governor of a large territory who has other subordinate governors under his or her jurisdiction.

gov′er·nor-gen′er·al·ship′ n.
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The chapter titles provide a good indication of the breadth of the work: 'Introduction'; 'Constitutional Conventions and Responsible Government'; 'The Crown and Australia (1987)'; 'The Early Governors-General and the Consultation of High Court Judges'; 'Three Governors-General: Hasluck, Kerr, Cowen'; 'The 1975 Constitutional Crisis and the Conventions of Responsible Government'; 'Debating the Headship of State--Monarchy to Republic?'; and 'The Office of Governor-General (2014)'.
(13) It begins with a valuable historical account of the startling changes in the constitutional roles of the Crown and its various Australian representatives, Governors and Governors-General, from the colonial era until the acquisition of Australian nationhood and independence from the United Kingdom.
To mark the sesquicentennial of Malacanan Palace, the Presidential Communications Development and Strategic Planning Office will launch Monday an online commemoration of its conversion from a rest house to the official residence of Spanish and American Governors-General and later, Philippine Presidents.
THE GOVERNORS: New Zealand Governors and Governors-General
This book is much more than a series of brief biographies of New Zealand's governors and (from 1917) governors-general. Both in the biographies and some interspersing chapters Gavin McLean gives an excellent account of New Zealand's evolving political and constitutional history.
Sir David Smith was Official Secretary to five governors-general: Sir Paul Hasluck, Sir John Kerr, Sir Zelman Cowen, Sir Ninian Stephen and Mr Bill Hayden.
Their subsequent returns to universities have been appropriate for former Governors-General. Bryce's actions in 2010 and 2013 reflect the occasional need for the Governor-General to have independent advice, on which the Governor-General retains an important discretion.
This is the proposition that, in the words of the distinguished former Official Secretary to successive Governors-General, Sir David Smith, '[t]he Governor-General is Australia's head of state'.
Although until now it has not been included in the description of the ceremonial role, international representation by New Zealand governors-general is not a recent innovation.
New Zealand governors-general have long made vice-regal visits in the Pacific.
These three Chief Justices gave their advice, when it was asked for, to no less than seven Governors-General. They were Lord Northcote, Lord Dudley, Lord Denman, Sir Ronald Munro Ferguson, Lord Casey, Sir Paul Hasluck and Sir John Kerr.
The article notes the overseas visits that have been made by Governors-General, traditionally to Pacific Island countries with strong links to our development from colony to independent state, and in recent years more widely, the visit to China in 2000 being of special significance.