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Josceline Amherst

amherstJosceline Amherst was a barrister, politician, businessman, and a cricketer, playing for Marylebone Cricket Club (top score 7).
He was Private Secretary to Governor of Western Australia Frederick Broome, 1885 to 1887. He was a member of Western Australia’s first Legislative Council, nominated by Governor Broome in 1890. FHC.
He had a property called Holmesdale at Darlington, and a vineyard at Smith's Mill, and was President of the Royal Agricultural Society. He never married.
Amherst St is named after him.

Entry in David Black & Geoffrey Bolton, Biographical Register of Members of the Parliament of Western Australia

Private secretary. B 7 June 1846, Canterbury, Kent, Engl.; 5th s. of William Pitt Amherst, 2nd Earl Amherst, and Gertrude, d. of Rt. Rev. Hugh Percy; unm.; D 1 Feb 1900, Darlington. Karrakatta cem. C of E.

Educ. Eton. 1865; matric. Christ Ch, Oxford, did not graduate; Inner Temple; barrister. 1881-83 priv. sec. to Sir William Des Voeux, Gov. of Fiji; arr WA on Rome 16 June 1885; 1885-87 priv. sec. to Sir Frederick Napier Broome, Gov. of WA and clerk of Executive Council; to London then back to WA, Carthage, 18 Mar 1888; 1889-96 on "Holmesdale" property at Darlington; with Dr A.R. Waylen establ. vineyard 1897-1900 at Smith’s Mill; pres. Swan Vine and Fruit Growers’ Assoc.; 1897 dir WA Mortgage and Agency Co.; 1890 trustee WACA; pres. RAS; horticulturalist, interested in horse racing; Freemason.

1898-99 first chmn Darling Range Rd Bd.

Nom. MLC 24 Dec 1890 - July 1894.

GG 1889, 27; WA 2 Feb 1900; Burke D, 515; J. Foster, Alumni Oxoniensis; BDWA I.

References and Links

Wikpedia page

Entry at WA Parliament site from which the photo comes


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