Biographical Register of Members of the Parliament of Western Australia

Member Name
George Leake
Principal Honours
Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George (CMG) (posthumous)
Date 3 December 1856 Place Perth, Western Australia
Son of George Walpole Leake, barrister and MLC, and Rose Ellen Gliddon and brother-in-law of Septimus Burt
Marriage and Family
Married 15 September 1881, St. George’s Cathedral, Perth to Louisa Emily Burt (born circa 1856 and died 14 July 1937), daughter of Sir Archibald Paull and Louisa Emily Bryan
Children: five sons and one daughter
Date 24 June 1902Place St George’s Terrace, Perth, Western Australia
Cemetery East Perth Cemetery, Western AustraliaCause of Death
Church of England
Educated Bishop Hale’s School, St Peter’s College, Adelaide, South Australia
South Australian Bar 1880
Articled in his father’s legal firm 1875
Employment History
Admitted to Bar and partnership 1880
1881 and 1883 acting Crown Solicitor and Public Prosecutor
Crown Solicitor 1883–1894
1898 Queen's Counsel
Opposed to Forrest
Date Elected
7 September 1886
Inaugural Speech
Inaugural Video
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Valedictory Speech
Year Retired/Resigned
Parliamentary Service
  • MLC 7 September–3 December 1886 and 4 January–6 March 1888
  • MLA Roebourne 28 November–30 December 1890 (resigned); Albany 23 June 1894–2 August 1900 (resigned); West Perth 24 April 1901–24 June 1902

  • Acting Attorney-General and Nominated
  • Leader of the Opposition 1895–2 August 1900
  • Premier and Attorney-General 27 May 1901–21 November 1901; 23 December 1901–24 June 1902

Federal Conventions
  • Delegate to Federal Convention 1897, 1898, Adelaide, Sydney, Melbourne
1897–1900 president Federal League of WA
Mining interests
Keen cricketer when young
Committeeman Western Australian Turf Club
Alexander Forrest responsible for subdivision of Peppermint Grove
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. 120.
Metropolitan Cemeteries Board website. Accessed 5 February 2015.
Further Information
The Australian encyclopaedia.
Battye, JS. The Cyclopedia of Western Australia, vol 1.
B. K. De Garis, 'Leake, George (1856–1902)', Australian Dictionary of Biography, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University,, published first in hardcopy 1986, accessed online 23 December 2015.
Kimberly, WB. History of West Australia, p. 154.
Morning Herald, 21 April 1901.
Russell,EA. History of the Law in Western Australia and its Development from 1829 to 1979, p. 220–221.
Twentieth century impressions of Western Australia, p. 33.
West Australian, 25 and 26 June 1902.
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