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Brockman, Henry (1845–1916)

Another member of the old pioneer families who have left their mark in the history of Western Australia passed away on Monday night, when Mr. Henry Brockman died at his residence in South Perth after a brief illness. The late Mr. Brockman was the son of Mr. W. L. Brockman, who was one of the settlers in this State in 1829. Mr. Henry Brockman was born in Western Australia in 1845, and was therefore 71 years of age at the time of his decease. He was educated in England, and on coming of age followed pastoral pursuits. He owned the Cheriton properties at Gingin, and was one of the principal graziers in Western Australia for many years, being a prominent exhibitor at the annual shows conducted by the Royal Agricultural Society. He was a former member of the State Legislature, representing the Swan district from 1887, through the subsequent change of the Constitution, to 1893, when he retired from active political life. In connection with the building of the Midland railway line and the concession obtained from the State, Mr. John Bateman, sen., of Fremantle, and the deceased gentleman supported the concession as guarantors, and enabled it to be financed. During the last three or four years Mr. Brockman resided in South Perth. In 1874 he married Annie Louisa de Burgh, who also belonged to one of the early pioneering families. The daughter of Robert de Burgh, formerly of County Clare, Ireland, she was a direct descendant of Hubert de Burgh, who went over to England at the time of the Norman conquest. Mrs. Brockman survives her husband, who leaves a grown-up family of three sons and three daughters, most of whom are engaged in various enterprises in different parts of Australasia. A wide circle of relatives—including the Surveyor General (Mr. F. S. Brockman), who is a nephew—is left to mourn the death of Mr. Brockman. The funeral will take place in the Anglican portion of the Karrakatta Cemetery this afternoon.

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'Brockman, Henry (1845–1916)', Obituaries Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University, http://oa.anu.edu.au/obituary/brockman-henry-13726/text24522, accessed 13 December 2017.

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