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Josceline 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 Street is named after him.
AMHERST, Hon. Josceline G. H., b. 1846, d. 2.1900. Arr. per Rome 16.6.1885 and to Eastern colonies, arr. again Ballarat 25.11.1885 from Eastern Australia with Gov. Broome. Private Secretary to Governor and clerk of Executive Council - 1887. Returned to London and back to W.A. per Carthage 18.3.1888. Proprietor of ”Holmesdale", Darlington. President of Royal Agric. Soc. and of Swan Vine & Fruitgrowers Assoc, and founding member of Agric. Bureau and Swan Rd Bd. Educ. Cambridge University.
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.
Erickson, Rica et al. 1987 (etc.), Bicentennial Dictionary of Western Australians, UWAP. Available online.
Entry at WA Parliament site from which the photo comes
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