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William Ayshford Sanford

William Ayshford Sanford, DL (1818–28 October 1902) was a landowner, naturalist and Liberal Party politician, who served as Colonial Secretary of Western Australia from 1852 to 1855.

Sanford was born in 1818, the son of Edward Ayshford Sanford, a Member of Parliament for Somerset, by his first wife Henrietta Langham, daughter of Sir William Langham, 8th Baronet. The family had owned Nynehead Court in Somerset since 1599, and William Ayshford Sanford succeeded to the estate on the death of his father in 1871.

He served as Colonial Secretary from 1852 to 1855, and designed the Perth Boys School, the Fremantle Boys Schools, etc.

References and Links

Austin, R. 1855, 'Commanding an Expedition Sent by the Government To Explore the Interior of Western Australia…’, Journal of Assistant-Surveyor R. Austin.

'The Heritage of Australia’, Melbourne, Vic : Australian Heritage Commission, 1981.

Erickson, Rica 1988, The Bicentennial Dictionary of Western Australians pre 1829-1888, Nedlands, Western Australia.

Hasluck, Alexandra 1973, Royal Engineer: A Life of Sir Edmund DuCane, Cremorne, New South Wales.

Kerr, E.J. 1978, 'Designing a Colonial Church: Church Architecture in New South Wales 1788-1888’, York, England, UK : British Theses-In-Print, DPhil York.

Venn, R. ed. 1954, Wollaston’s Albany Journals, Perth, WA.

Wikipedia page, from which most of the above comes, including all the references.


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