1907 – He was born on the 12th of December in Bristol, England.
1930 – He entered the colonial service and served in Nigeria, Palestine and Gambia.
1943 – He served in the West Indies.
1947 – He became the director of colonial information services in London.
1950-1956 – He served as governor of the Leeward Islands.
1957 – He was Governor of Jamaica.
1962 – He was appointed as the governor-general of Jamaica.
1980 – Blackburne died in Douglas, Isle of Man on the 4th of November.