Frederick Bedford

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Sir Frederick Bedford
Frederick Bedford Vanity Fair 3 December 1903.jpg
"Western Australia"
Bedford as caricatured by Spy (Leslie Ward) in Vanity Fair, December 1903
Born 24 December 1838
Died 30 January 1913(1913-01-30) (aged 74)
Allegiance United Kingdom United Kingdom
Service/branch Naval Ensign of the United Kingdom.svg Royal Navy
Years of service 1852 – 1903
Rank Admiral
Commands held Cape of Good Hope Station
North America and West Indies Station
Awards Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the Bath
Knight Grand Cross of the Royal Victorian Order

Admiral Sir Frederick George Denham Bedford GCB, GCVO (24 December 1838[1] – 30 January 1913[2]) was Governor of Western Australia from 24 March 1903 to 22 April 1909.

Naval career[edit]

Bedford joined the Royal Navy at the age of 14, and later served in the Crimean War.

He was appointed Commander-in-Chief, Cape of Good Hope and West Coast of Africa Station in 1892:[3] in 1894, Admiral Sir Frederick Bedford was involved in an action against Nana Olomu Chief of Benin. Brohomi was burnt down in 1894 by a combined force of the British Naval Brigade and the Niger Coast Protectorate Force under Sir Frederick Bedford, KCB and the Consul-General Ralph Moor, KCMG. It is believed over 500-600 slaves were freed during the operation. On 22 February 1895, a British naval force, under the command of Admiral Sir Frederick Bedford at the behest of the Royal Niger Company, granted a royal charter by Queen Victoria in 1886, laid siege on Brass, the chief city of the Ljo people of Nembe in Nigeria's Niger Delta.

He was appointed Junior Naval Lord in 1889 and Second Naval Lord in 1895 and commander-in-chief of the North America and West Indies Station in 1899, a post he held until 1903.[4]

After becoming Governor in 1903, on 4 June 1907 he officiated at the opening of the Royal Fremantle Golf Club in Western Australia, but it was not until March 1909 that the complete 18 hole course was available.

Family[edit]

Lady Ethel Bedford by Durrant & Son

He married Ethel Turner, daughter of E. R. Turner, Esq., of Ipswich, in 1880. Lady Bedford accompanied her husband and was mistress of Admiralty House in Halifax, Nova Scotia, until 1902. She took an interest in benevolent work, and frequently performed as a singer at concerts, for charitable purposes.[5]

The couple`s son became Vice Admiral Sir Arthur Edward Frederick Bedford KCB CSI, who married Miss Gladys Mort of Sydney, Australia. While residing at Easthampnett, their son Frederick, named after his grandfather, who had become a Lieutenant in the Fleet Air Arm, was killed in action over St Pauls Bay, Malta on 21 February 1942, aged 22 years, and was buried in Malta (Capuccini) Naval Cemetery.

Legacy in Western Australia[edit]

  • A suburb - Bedfordale situated 30 km from Perth GPO is named for Governor F.G.D. Bedford and he named several streets for famous Admirals.
  • A suburb - Bedford situated 6 km from Perth GPO arose during the Western Australia gold-boom of the 1890s, named in honour of Governor F.G.D. Bedford; the area was called "Bedford Park" following subdivision by the International Investment Land and Building Co. Ltd. of Sydney and Gold Estates of Australia (an English company).
  • Cattle Station - Bedford Downs Station, a property in the Kimberley region.
  • Mountain- Mount Bedford, also situated in the Kimberley.[6]

Affiliations[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Australian Dictionary of Biography
  2. ^ Who's Who 1914, p. xxi
  3. ^ William Loney RN
  4. ^ "Bedford, Sir Frederick George Denham, Admiral, 1838-1913... – BED". National Maritime Museum. Retrieved 2010-03-05. 
  5. ^ Morgan, Henry James, Types of Canadian women and of women who are or have been connected with Canada (Toronto, 1903) [1]
  6. ^ "Western Australian Names". Sunday Times (Perth, Western Australia: National Library of Australia). 5 February 1928. p. 18. Retrieved 1 December 2013. 

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Military offices
Preceded by
Sir Charles Hotham
Junior Naval Lord
1889–1892
Succeeded by
Lord Walter Kerr
Preceded by
Sir Henry Nicholson
Commander-in-Chief, Cape of Good Hope Station
1892–1895
Succeeded by
Sir Harry Rawson
Preceded by
Lord Walter Kerr
Second Naval Lord
1895–1899
Succeeded by
Lord Walter Kerr
Preceded by
Sir John Fisher
Commander-in-Chief, North America and West Indies Station
1899–1903
Succeeded by
Sir Archibald Douglas
Government offices
Preceded by
Captain Sir Arthur Lawley
Governor of Western Australia
1903–1909
Succeeded by
Sir Gerald Strickland