Page:The Dictionary of Australasian Biography.djvu/289

From Wikisource
Jump to: navigation, search
This page has been validated.
Leg]
[Ley
DICTIONARY OF AUSTRALASIAN BIOGRAPHY.

Merry, eldest daughter of Sir J. Beverley Robinson, Bart., C.B., Chief Justice of Upper Canada, who died in 1859; and, secondly, in 1860, Charlotte Anna, eldest daughter of Lieut.-Colonel Thos. Dundas, of Fingask, and widow of Colonel Armine Mountain, C.B. He died on April 11th, 1890.

Legge, Colonel William Vincent, F.L.S., formerly major and honorary lieut.-colonel in the Royal Artillery, is the son of Captain W. V. Legge, of Cullenswood, St. Mary's, Tasmania. He was appointed Commandant and Inspecting Field Officer of the Tasmanian Defence Force in Dec. 1883, which office he held until 1890. During a residence of nearly nine years in Ceylon he collected the materials for his splendid "History of the Birds of Ceylon" (London, 1880), the standard authority on the subject. He is a Fellow of the Linnean Society of London, and also Fellow of the Zoological Society.

Lette, Hon. Henry Elms, M.H.A., J.P., Chairman of Committees of the House of Assembly, Tasmania, has represented North Launceston in the House of Assembly since Nov. 1862, and has been Chairman of Committees since July 1877.

Levey, George Collins, C.M.G., son of George Levey, of Camberwell Grove, Surrey, and Great New Street, E.C., was born in 1835, and educated at University College, London. He arrived in Australia in 1851, and was for a short time in the Government service of Victoria as clerk to the Gold Receiver, but subsequently embarked in mining pursuits, and was the first to employ machinery for quartz crushing. He afterwards wrote for the Melbourne press, and travelled over the, continent of Europe from 1859 to 1861, contributing to English newspapers. He sat for Normanby in the Legislative Assembly of Victoria from 1866 to 1867, and was editor and proprietor of the Herald from 1863 to 1868. This paper he issued at a penny, and thus founded cheap journalism in Australia. Since 1868 he has been connected as editor or contributor with the Melbourne Age. He was Secretary to the Commissioners of Victoria at the Exhibitions of New South Wales (1870), Melbourne (1872, 1875, and 1880-81), London and Vienna (1873), and Philadelphia (1876), and Acting Executive Commissioner at the Paris Exhibition in 1878 (C.M.G. and Legion of Honour), and Executive Commissioner at Amsterdam Exhibition in 1883, also Executive Commissioner at the International Exhibition held at the Crystal Palace in 1884. Mr. Levey successfully visited the European countries and the United States of America, with the view to induce their Governments to send representatives to the Melbourne International Exhibition. He was Secretary of the London Committee for the Adelaide Jubilee Exhibition, and has contributed largely to the Melbourne, London, Philadelphia, New York and Paris press, and written various important official reports. He visited South America in 1889, and on his return wrote a Handy Guide to the River Plate, and has recently published a Handy Guide to Australia. He also edited Hutchinson's "Australasian Encyclopædia" (1892). He married first, in 1863, Euphemia Dalton, daughter of Charles Whybrow Ligar, Surveyor-General of Victoria; and, secondly, in 1877, Mary Elizabeth, daughter of George Parker, of Washington, U.S.A., and widow of the Hon. J. E. Bouligny, member of Congress for New Orleans, Louisiana.

Levien, Hon. Jonas Felix, M.L.A., J.P., is the son of B. G. Levien, who arrived in Victoria from England in 1839. He was born at Williamstown in March 1840, and at an early age embarked largely in pastoral and horticultural pursuits. In 1871 he was elected to the Legislative Assembly for South Grant, since subdivided into Grant and Barwon, for which latter electorate he now sits. He joined the Service-Berry Coalition Government in March 1883, as Minister of Mines and Agriculture, retiring in Feb. 1886, when the Gillies-Deakin Government was formed.

Leys, Thomson Wilson, was born of Scottish parentage in 1850 at Nottingham, where his father was Supervisor of Inland Revenue. He was five years a pupil at the People's College, Nottingham, and emigrated to New Zealand in 1863 with his parents, who joined the great Nonconformist movement to establish a special settlement at Albertland, north of Auckland. After arrival in New Zealand, he was apprenticed in the printing office of the Southern Cross, the oldest and most influential journal in the colony at that period. Three years later he obtained

273