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divine and physiognomist, Johann Caspar Lavater. He took to the sea, and having come to Victoria as second officer of the Hoogly, left his vessel in 1852 to go to the goldfields. In July 1861 he entered the railway department of the Victorian Government service, and was appointed chief accountant in 1873. In Jan. 1887 he was temporarily relieved of his duties at the request of the Government, to act as secretary to the Melbourne Centennial International Exhibition of 1888.

Layard, Edgar Leopold, C.M.G., son of the late Henry Peter John Layard, of the Ceylon Civil Service, and younger brother of the Right Hon. Sir Austen Henry Layard, was born in 1824; went to Ceylon in 1846; was appointed secretary to the junior judge, and called to the bar. He subsequently held various positions in the public service of the colony till 1855, when he resigned, and entered the Civil Service of the Cape of Good Hope, where in 1861 he was appointed private secretary to Sir George Grey, the Governor, whom he accompanied in the same capacity to New Zealand, retaining his rank in the Cape Service. In 1862 he was appointed Arbitrator to the mixed British and Portuguese Commission at the Cape of Good Hope for suppressing the slave trade, and Arbitrator in the mixed court at the Cape of Good Hope, between Great Britain and the United States, for suppressing the African slave trade. He was promoted to be judge in 1867; appointed Consul at Para in 1871, and for Fiji and the Tonga Islands in 1873. In August of the latter year he was appointed, in conjunction with Commodore Goodenough, to investigate the proposed cession of Fiji to the British Crown, and in March 1874 they presented a report embodying the terms of cession offered by the native chiefs and approved of by the European inhabitants. These, however, proved unacceptable, and the annexation was subsequently negotiated by Sir Hercules Robinson. Mr. Layard was administrator of the government of Fiji from 1874 to 1875, and has been Consul and Lloyd's Agent in New Caledonia since 1876. He married first, in 1845, Barbara Anne, daughter of the late Rev. John Calthrop, vicar of Gosberton, who died in 1886; secondly, in 1887, Jane Catherine, daughter of the late Gen. Robert Blackett, H.E.I.C.S., and widow of James A. Graham, B.C.S. Mr. Layard was created C.M.G. in 1875.

Leake, George, Crown Solicitor of Western Australia, is the son of Hon. George W. Leake, M.L.C. (q.v.). He was called to the bar of Western Australia in May 1880. He acted as Assistant Clerk to the Legislative Council and Registrar of the Vice-Admiralty Court, and was Acting Crown Solicitor and Prosecuting Counsel in Jan. 1881, and again in Jan. 1883. In January of the following year he was permanently appointed. He was Acting Attorney-General and a member of the Executive Council in Sept. 1886, during the interval between the resignation of Mr. Burt and the arrival of Mr. Warton. In 1890 Mr. Leake was returned to the first Legislative Assembly of Western Australia for Roebourne, but resigned his seat rather than forfeit his appointment. He was Acting Attorney-General during the absence of Mr. Burt in England in 1891. Mr. Leake married in Sept. 1881 Louisa, eldest daughter of the late Sir Archibald Paull Burt.

Leake, Hon. George Walpole, M.L.C., Q.C., Western Australia, is the eldest son of the late Luke Leake, of Stoke Newington, and brother of the late Sir Luke S. Leake (q.v.). He has held the following positions in Western Australia: Acting Crown Solicitor, 1857-8, confirmed Feb. 1860; Acting Police Magistrate, Perth, from 1863 to 1866; Public Prosecutor, 1873 to 1874; Q.C. and Crown Solicitor, 1875; Acting Attorney-General and a member of the Executive and Legislative Councils, 1879 to 1880, and for a short time in 1883; Acting Chief Justice, 1879-80 and 1888; Police Magistrate, Perth, 1881; Acting Government Resident, Geraldton, 1886; Acting Puisne Judge, 1887 and 1889-90. In Dec 1890 Mr. Leake was nominated to the new Legislative Council, having resigned his position as police magistrate.

Leake, Hon. Sir Luke Samuel, M.L.C., sometime Speaker of Legislative Council, Western Australia, youngest son of Luke Leake, of Stoke Newington, Middlesex, was born in 1828, and went to Western Australia in 1833, where he became a member of the Legislative Council, and was the first Speaker of that body, holding the position from June 26th, 1872, till his death in May 1886. Sir Luke married, in 1855, Louisa, daughter of the late Rev.

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