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Wallace Bickley (1810-1876) was an early settler in the Swan Colony and became one of the leading merchants of Fremantle. He was also an agent for Lloyds of London, and a member of the WA Legislative Council from 1872 to his death. He is remembered in the name of Bickley Court, Beaconsfield.
Bickley had first arrived in the colony in 1830 but left five years later to work for the East India Company. He returned to the colony with his family in 1851. A merchant and businessman, he owned land at Geraldton and a property, Kenwick Park, at Cannington where horses were bred, mainly for India. Wallace Bickley had been one of the most insistent advocates for the urgent need to build a protected harbour at Fremantle; he even designed what he called a ‘Harbour Dock’ in 1868, but the scheme was opposed. Fremantle Studies, 3: 1-13.
His daughter Agnes Elizabeth (1846-1886) was the first wife of Elias Solomon. She was born in Calcutta.
Many thanks to Robert Ward for an invaluable, comprehensive genealogy of the family of Wallace Bickley.
Solomon, Coralie 2004, 'Elias Solomon: first Federal Member of Parliament for Fremantle: life and letters 1839-1909', Fremantle Studies, 3: 1-13.
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