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Anthony O’Grady Lefroy

Principal Honours
CMG 1878
Date: 14 March 1816
Place: Limerick, Ireland
Arrival in WA
1843 to WA by Lady Grey
Son of Henry, Anglican clergyman, and Dorothea O’Grady
Marriage and Family
Married 3 June 1852, Perth to Mary Bruce (born 9 August 1835 and died 22 June 1913), daughter of John, army officer, and Johannah Jacoba Herklotz
Children: two sons and three daughters
Father of Sir Henry Bruce Lefroy
Date: 21 January 1897
Place: Perth, Western Australia
Cemetery: Perth Cemetery, WA
Church of England
Farmer and public servant
Employment History
Pastoralist at Walebing
Private secretary to Governor Charles Fitzgerald (1849–1853?) (1854–1855)
1851 Clerk to Executive and Legislative Council
Colonial Treasurer 1856–December 1890
Acting Colonial Secretary from 24 July 1875
Date Elected
24 November 1875
Inaugural Speech
Lefroy, Anthony O'Grady, Address-in-Reply.pdf
Inaugural Video
Search for speeches by Anthony Lefroy
Year Retired/Resigned
Parliamentary Service
  • MLC 24 November 1875–30 August 1877
1847 with brother explored east of Avon
In England 1858, 1863–1865; 1868–1871

1871 foundation committee member Weld Club
Justice of the Peace, 1876
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. 17.
Further Information
RE Cranfield, From Ireland to Western Australia, Perth, 1960.
FK Crowley, Forrest 1847-1918: Vol I, 1847-91, St Lucia: University of Queensland Press, 1971, p. 148 (portrait)
R Erickson, The bicentennial dictionary of Western Australians, pre-1829-1888, Volume III.
WB Kimberly, History of West Australia. A narrative of her past, together with biographies of her leading men, G. C. Lefroy, 'Lefroy, Anthony O'Grady (1816–1897)', Australian Dictionary of Biography, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University,, published first in hardcopy 1974, accessed online 23 December 2015.
FW Niven and Co, Melbourne, 1897, p. 1966–1967.