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Brett, William Gore (1834–1923)

For nearly 43 years, Mr. W. G. [William Gore] Brett, who died on Saturday at his home in East Malvern, was a valued member of the Public Service, from which he retired on a pension in 1896. Arriving in Melbourne from Ireland on Christmas Eve, 1852, Mr. Brett went into the office of Sir William (then Mr. W. F. Stawell), and in the following year joined the Government service. His first appointment was at Beechworth, where he acted as deputy sheriff. Subsequently he became sheriff of the Northern Bailiwick, a position which he held for 30 years. In 1884 he was appointed inspector general of penal establishments and six years later was transferred to the dual position of inspector of charitable institutions, and of industrial, probationary, and reformatory schools. Mr. Brett, who was a son of Mr. William Gore Brett, inspector of the Royal Irish Constabulary, was born in Ireland, and was in his 89th year. He leaves a widow and nine sons.

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'Brett, William Gore (1834–1923)', Obituaries Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University,, accessed 30 January 2020.

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14 April 1923
Malvern, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

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