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William Temple Graham

William Temple Graham, 1795-1941, arrived on board the Warrior, 12 March 1830, with his wife, Harriet. He was formerly a captain with the Royal African Corps. He was granted permission to act as a public notary and also practised as a solicitor in the colony. In 1830 he was appointed coroner and Justice of the Peace but resigned in 1832 due, Statham reports, to 'quarrels'. Graham took up land in the Leschenault area.

Graham named his Fremantle home Richmond House, apparently giving rise to the name of that locality, which later because one of the four wards of the town of East Fremantle. He may be even better known, however, due to his role as a second in the colony's only fatal duel, between William Nairne Clark, a solicitor, and George French Johnson, a merchant, on 18 August 1832, when Clark's shot was (24 hours later) fatal to Johnson.

Originally a Captain in the Royal African Regiment, he was granted 117.5 acres and in 1841 received titles to Leschenault 18 of 678 acres. He was a Public Notary, solicitor and Justice of the Peace in Fremantle in 1830. He resigned as Coroner for Colony in 1832. In that year he was also tried for his part in the fatal duel in which Johnson lost his life (the other duellist, Clark, was transferred to Albany).
He acquired a printing press from Tasmania per Weavell and published the "West Australian Colonial News" in 1833.
By 1838 he was living with Paul Lockyer’s wife in Perth and his will was made out in favour of her daughter, Eliza Clark. Dead Persons Society.

References and Links

Graham, Allen 2005, 'Early duels of Fremantle', Fremantle Studies, 4: 95-106.

Statham, Pamela, Dictionary of Western Australians 1829-1941, Vol. 1: Early Settlers, 1829-1850.

Perth Dead Persons Society: the Warrior.

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