Edward Charles Frome

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Edward Charles Frome
Edward Charles Frome
Born 7 January 1802
Died 2 November 1890 (1890-11-03) (aged 88)
Ewell, Surrey
Allegiance United Kingdom United Kingdom
Service/branch Flag of the British Army.svg British Army
Rank General

General Edward Charles Frome (7 January 1802 – 2 November 1890) was a prominent British Army officer and Surveyor General of South Australia.

Born in Gibraltar, and orphaned early in his life, Frome was educated in Blackheath, London, England,[1] where he became a close friend of Benjamin Disraeli. He received his commission in the Royal Engineers in 1825.[1] He was involved in the Rideau Canal construction in Canada in 1827 to 1833.[1]

In September 1839 Frome arrived in Adelaide, South Australia (ship: Recovery) to take up an appointment as the third surveyor-general of South Australia.[1] He was also a member of the South Australian Legislative Council (2 October 1839 to 14 June 1843).[2] He made an important contribution in surveying large areas of South Australia for new immigrants to settle upon.[1] In 1843 he led an expedition to the mid-north of South Australia and was the first to accurately map Lake Frome.[1] He was also a competent artist and made many sketches and paintings of landscapes on his surveying expeditions.

After his ten-year term expired he returned to England and was subsequently stationed in Mauritius, Scotland and Gibraltar. Between 1869 and 1874 he served as Lieutenant Governor of Guernsey.[1] He retired in 1877 with the army rank of general, and died in 1890 at Ewell in Surrey.[1] His name was given to Lake Frome, Frome River and Frome Road, a major thoroughfare in Adelaide, South Australia.[3]

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  1. ^ a b c d e f g h Newland, B. C. "Frome, Edward Charles (1802–1890)". Australian Dictionary of Biography. Canberra: Australian National University. Retrieved 23 September 2014. 
  2. ^ "Lieutenant Edward Frome". Former Member of Parliament Details. Parliament of South Australia. 
  3. ^ "Search result for " Frome River (Stream) (Record no. SA0000030) with the following layers selected - "Suburbs and Localities" and " Place names (gazetteer)"". Property Location Browser. Government of South Australia. Retrieved 26 September 2016. 
  • McGrath, Sandra; & Olsen, John. (1981). The Artist and the Desert. Bay Books: Sydney. ISBN 0-85835-497-7
Government offices
Preceded by
Charles Rochfort Scott
Lieutenant Governor of Guernsey
Succeeded by
Sir St. George Foley