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Members’ biographical register

Luke Samuel Leake

Principal Honours
Knight (Kt) 1876
Date: 12 July 1828
Place: Stoke Newington, Middlesex, England, United Kingdom
Arrival in WA
1833, to WA on Cygnet
Son of Luke, gentleman, and Mary Anne Walpole
Brother of George Walpole Leake, and uncle of George Leake
Marriage and Family
Married 11 September 1855, Parish Church, Bromley, Kent to Louisa Walpole, (who re-married in 1887 to Dr Alfred Waylen) daughter of Reverend Thomas Henry
Brother-in-law of Sir James Lee Steere
Date: 1 May 1886
Place: London, England, United Kingdom
Cemetery: East Perth Cemetery, WA
Church of England
Employment History
1848 trading in sandalwood to China
Ship owner, traded in Indian Ocean in 1850s
Director WA Bank 1855–1886
Money lender
Date Elected
19 October 1870
Inaugural Speech
No inaugural speech given
Inaugural Video
Search for speeches by Luke Leake
Year Retired/Resigned
Parliamentary Service
  • MLC Perth 19 October 1870–1 May 1886
  • Contested Perth 11 November 1867

  • Speaker Legislative Council 5 December 1870–1 May 1886
Vice-president Swan River Mechanics Institute 1863–1864, president 1879–1886
First Captain, Perth Volunteer Rifles 1862–1872
Substantial donor to building fund, St George’s Cathedral, Perth
1879 led free trade opposition to revenue tariffs on foodstuffs
Opposed Responsible Government
Member Central Board of Education 1878–1886
Vice-president 1878–1882 and president Weld Club 1882–1886
Perth Town Trust chairman 1856–1857
D Black and G Bolton, eds, Biographical Register of Members of the Parliament of Western Australia: volume one 1870-1930, Parliamentary History Project, Perth, WA, 2001, p. 16.
Further Information
R Erickson, The bicentennial dictionary of Western Australians, pre-1829-1888, Volume III.
M. Medcalf, 'Leake, Sir Luke Samuel (1828–1886)', Australian Dictionary of Biography, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University,, published first in hardcopy 1974, accessed online 23 December 2015.
CT Stannage, The people of Perth: a social history of Western Australia's capital city, Perth City Council, Perth, 1979, p. 124–27, 187.
West Australian, 5 May 1886.