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Frederick Palgrave Barlee

Principal Honours
Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George 1877
Knight Commander of the Order of St Michael and St George 1883
Date: 6 February 1827
Place: Worlingworth, Suffolk, England, United Kingdom
Arrival in WA
Arrived WA June 1855
Returned to WA 1882
Son of Reverend Edward Barlee Buckle and Justina Levy
Marriage and Family
Married 2 April 1851, Ireland to Jane Oseland (born circa 1823 and died circa February 1901), daughter of Edward
No children
Date: 8 August 1884
Place: Port of Spain, Trinidad
Church of England
Educated privately and at local schools
Public servant
Employment History
Bank clerk January 1843-1844
Clerk Ordinance Department, Chatham and Woolwich, United Kingdom 1845–1851
Worked for Sierra Leone colonial service 1851–1854

1853 private secretary to Governor and Clerk to Legislative Council, 1854 clerk in charge of Liberated African Department
1856 head of Police Department
1859 Census commissioner

Chairman Board of Education 1863–1875
1864 Governor Bishop Hale’s Collegiate School
Lieutenant-Governor British Honduras March 1877–September 1882
Administrator of Trinidad April–August 1884
Date Elected
July 1855
Inaugural Speech
Hansard reporting did not commence until 1870
Inaugural Video
Search for speeches by Frederick Barlee
Year Retired/Resigned
Parliamentary Service
  • Nominated MLC July 1855–July 1870, 22 November 1870–24 November 1875

  • Colonial Secretary July 1855–24 November 1875 (on leave from 24 July 1875)
First president Working Men’s Association 1864 (1867–1870)
Worshipful Master Freemason, Perth
1871 first president Weld Club
Lessee and owner Glengarry station, Geraldton district
1873 special commissioner for Sydney Exhibition

1874 advocate of Responsible Government
Circa 1876 to England
Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society (FRGS)
Active in Anglican affairs
J. H. M. Honniball, 'Barlee, Sir Frederick Palgrave (1827–1884)', Australian Dictionary of Biography, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University,, published first in hardcopy 1969, accessed online 11 December 2015.
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. 3.
R Erickson, ed, The bicentennial dictionary of Western Australians, pre-1829-1888, volume I. A-C, University of Western Australia Press, Nedlands, WA, 1987.
JHM Honniball, ‘The country tours of a Colonial Secretary’, Early Days, VII, 3, (1971), pp. 83–115.