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George Leake (Opposition Party)

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George Leake27 May 1901 - 21 November 1901 and 23 December 1901 - 24 June 1902

George Leake - who was named after his father George - was born in Perth in 1856.

He followed in his father's footsteps by becoming a lawyer and then joining his father's legal firm in 1880. Three years later he was appointed Crown Solicitor and Public Prosecutor.

He was elected to the first Parliament as MLA for Roebourne in 1890 but was not included in Forrest's first ministry. He resigned 2 days after being elected - and before he was sworn in as an MLA - so that he would not lose his position as Crown Solicitor. Four years later he won the seat of Albany. He resigned again in 1900 for "business reasons".

Leake was a strong supporter of Federation, was President of the Federation League and urged West Australians to join.

He entered the fourth Parliament when he won the seat of West Perth in April 1901. He was appointed Premier and Attorney General on May 17, 1901, but resigned his office six months later after a no confidence motion was carried in the Legislative Assembly. He was
re-appointed Premier a month later and held office until his unexpected death in June 1902.

His great passion was the gold mining industry. He was a member of the syndicate that sent Anstey's successful expedition to find gold in the Yilgarn Valley in 1887. In 1896, he visited England and while he was there he finalised negotiations for a tramway system for Perth.

Alfred Deakin, who was the Prime Minister at the time of Leake's death, praised the Premier in a telegram, saying his "great sacrifices and loyal services in the cause of Federation and his unflagging devotion to the interests of Western Australia placed all Australians under a lasting debt of gratitude to him".

 

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