Who Was George Fletcher Moore?
George Fletcher Moore:
- was born in December 1798 at Donemana in County Tyrone, Ireland.
- was the son of Joseph Moore, a farmer and merchant.
- studied law at Trinity College Dublin, graduated with a law degree in 1820 and practiced as a lawyer in Ireland for a few years.
- arrived at the Swan River Colony in October 1830 with 4 servants.
- was granted land at the Upper Swan and the Avon Valley.
- built a house on a piece of land at the Upper Swan which he initially called 'Hermitage' but later renamed it 'Millendon', the Aboriginal word for the area.
- was an active and prominent member of colonial society at the Swan River being a founding member of the Agricultural and Horticultural Society (July 1831) and commissioner of the Civil Court (February 1832).
- became Advocate General in 1834, which meant that in effect he was a member of the Legislative and Executive Councils, and therefore involved with interpreting colonial office instructions and drafting colonial legislation.
- was also a member of the board of trustees of the Anglican Church, director of the West Australian Bank and a founding member of the local temperance society.
- lived in Perth during the week but returned to the Upper Swan on weekends and holidays.
- undertook expeditions to explore the surrounding countryside including the districts of York, Northam, the Moore River and the coastal region near Champion Bay.
- journeyed to Ireland and England to visit his father in 1841.
- married Fanny Jackson, the stepdaughter of Governor Clarke, in 1846.
- took leave once again in 1852 as his wife was unwell and wished to return to England where she died in 1863.
- remained in England after Fanny's death and died there in December 1886.
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