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George Hardey Barrett-Lennard (1863–1917)

A descendant of one of the early pioneers of the State passed away on Monday last in the person of Mr. George Barrett-Lennard, who died at his residence, St. Leonard's, West Swan, in his fifty-fifth year. The deceased gentleman's grandfather, the late Mr. Edward Pomeroy Barrett-Lennard, who was the youngest son of Sir Thomas Barrett-Lennard, Bart., of Belhus, Essex, England, arrived in Western Australia in 1829 among the first settlers, selecting land on the banks of the Swan River, on the site of the property now known as St. Leonard's. On his death the property passed to his son, the late Mr. Edward Graham Barrett-Lennard, and in after years was acquired by the late Mr. George Barrett-Lennard. The late Mr. Barrett-Lennard, who received his education in this State, continued the policy of development laid down by his forefathers, and followed general agricultural pursuits in the early stages of his occupation. Later he specialised in viticulture, and was responsible for the inauguration of the grape export industry from this State. Sending one of his sons to Greece to study the methods of grape drying, he personally visited Spain with a similar object in view in 1911, and it is in large measure due to his energy and enterprise that the export industry has attained its present dimensions. The late Mr. Barrett-Lennard married in 1886 Miss Amy Drake-Brockman, a daughter of the late Mr. E. R. Drake-Brockman, of Henley Park, and a sister of the late Mr. F. S. Drake-Brockman. A widow and a family of four sons and two daughters survive him. One of his sons fell at Gallipoli whilst in action with the 8th Field Artillery, and another was drowned at North Beach a few years ago. The funeral took place yesterday in the Upper Swan Churchyard, and was largely attended. The chief mourners were: Mrs. Amy Barrett-Lennard (widow), Messrs. George Graham, Trevor St. Aubyn, St. Aubyn Edward, and Septimus Barrett- Lennard (sons), Miss V. Barrett-Lennard (daughter), Mr. D. Barrett-Lennard (brother), Dr. R. Rockott and Mr. H. Brockman (brothers-in-law). Mr. J. Madden (uncle), Messrs. D. and V. Barrett-Lennard, H. Hockett, and Lance-Corporal J. F. Hillman (nephews), and Mr. C. Ewing. The pallbearers were:-Messrs. J. Morrison, E. W. Loton, S. Viveash, C. W. Ferguson, A Despessis, and D. Demason. Amongst those present were Messrs. V. Hamersley, M.L.C., T. P. Draper, J. Ewing, J. M. Ferguson, M. Lefroy, S. A. Brown, G.W. Hester, H. Hamersley, H. H. King, R. de Burgh Morrison H. S. Saunders, E. Grouse, F. G. W. Hickling (secretary Weld Club), E. Wilson (representing Swan Settlers' Association), G. Farmer, G. Barnden, R. Taylor, G. Taylor, P. Atkins, and Sergeant A. Ellis. The funeral arrangements were in the hands of Messrs. Bowra and O'Dea.

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'Barrett-Lennard, George Hardey (1863–1917)', Obituaries Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University,, accessed 25 June 2024.

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Life Summary [details]




8 October, 1917 (aged ~ 54)
West Swan, Western Australia, Australia

Cause of Death

heart disease