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Rev George J. Bostock

George Bostock (1833-1881) graduated from Cambridge with Hons in Classics and Mathematics. Bishop Hale encouraged him to come to the Colony and take up work in the Diocese of Perth, in which his first appointments were in Gingin and Toodyay. He then moved to St John’s Fremantle. In 1861 he married Grace Lukin, daughter of Henry Lukin and granddaughter of first Colonial Secretary Peter Broun.
In Fremantle he was prominent in education, and was Chairman of the Local Board of Education. He founded the Young Women’s Society and also the CofE Young Men’s Society and a Men’s Literary Club.
He suffered poor health and the community raised money for him and his family to travel to the eastern states and then to England to seek medical help. He wasn’t able to return to WA, but served as a vicar in Yorkshire until his death in 1881.

Hitchcock 1929:
The old St. John's Rectory in Cantonment Street was demolished in 1927 to make way for the expanding field of wool export. Among the many estimable clerics who from time to time occupied that venerable building, special mention should be made of the Rev. G. J. Bostock, who laboured with much acceptance in the Anglican fold for about twenty years between the fifties and the seventies. Like the Rev. J. Johnston, he conducted a Young Men's Society that provided intellectual pabulum of a very high order for the young men of his flock, essays, lectures and debates being the instruments of mental culture he most favoured. In that sphere of his activities he had an able coadjutor in Dr. H. C. Barnett.

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Hitchcock: 84, 86; second photo - by Nixon - from that source. Top photo by Alfred Chopin, 1867.


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