Edward Luckhoo

Arthur Chung Order of Roraima of Guyana Forbes Burnham

Edward Luckhoo

Acting President of Guyana
last Governor-General
In office
22 February 1970 – 17 March 1970
Prime MinisterForbes Burnham
Preceded byElizabeth II
as Queen of Guyana
Succeeded byArthur Chung
3rd Governor General of Guyana
In office
10 November 1969 – 22 February 1970
MonarchElizabeth II
Prime MinisterForbes Burnham
Preceded byDavid Rose
Succeeded byOffice abolished
Personal details
Born24 May 1912
New Amsterdam, British Guiana
Died3 March 1998 (aged 85)
Ossett, West Yorkshire, England
Resting placeOssett, West Yorkshire, England
Spouse(s)Lady Luckhoo,
née Maureen Moxlow
Alma materSt Catherine's College, Oxford
Middle Temple

Sir Edward Victor Luckhoo OR (24 May 1912 – 3 March 1998) was the last Governor General of Guyana, and briefly the acting President of the Republic of Guyana on its formation in 1970.

Family and education

He was born in New Amsterdam, Berbice, the son of Edward Luckhoo, a solicitor of Indian extraction,[1] and educated at Queen's College, Guyana and St Catherine's College, Oxford, where he was awarded a Bachelor of Arts degree. He studied law at the Middle Temple, where he was called to the bar in 1931. Admitted to practice in 1936, he was made Queen’s Counsel in 1965.[2]

He was the brother of lawyer and diplomat Sir Lionel Luckhoo, who was the British High Commissioner for Guyana and Barbados.


He was appointed a Justice of Appeal in 1966 and Chancellor of the Judiciary in October 1969.[3]

As Chancellor of the Judiciary from 1969 to 1976 he was President of the Court of Appeal and briefly became the last Governor-General in 1969, and then Acting President when Guyana became a Republic on 23 February 1970. However, he is not officially mentioned in lists of Presidents of Guyana.


He was knighted on 1 January 1970 and received the Order of Roraima of Guyana in the same year.

Private life

Edward Luckhoo was married to Maureen Moxlow of Batley, West Yorkshire. In retirement, they returned to West Yorkshire, and lived in Ossett, where they were both active members of the Anglican Church, and catechists for Confirmation classes. Sir Edward died on 3 March 1998, aged 85, and is buried in Ossett. Lady Luckhoo still resides in the town.


  1. ^ "The Luckhoo Dynasty". Genealogy Magazine. Retrieved 29 November 2015.
  2. ^ "Sir Edward Victor Luckhoo". Grade Six Wisdom Homework Help. Retrieved 29 November 2015.
  3. ^ "Edward Victor Luckhoo". Caribbean Elections. Retrieved 2 December 2015.