Frederick Winchcombe

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Frederick Earle Winchcombe (1855–1917) was an Australian businessman and politician.

Early life[edit]

F. E. Winchcombe was born on 26 April 1855 in Brunswick, Victoria. His parents were John Phillimore Winchcombe, a quarryman who immigrated from Wales, and Julia Sophia Earle.[1] The Welsh Winchcombes were a junior branch of the Gloucestershire clothier family plausibly descended from the 16th century Berkshire clothier Jack O’Newbury.[2]


After graduating, Winchcombe joined the wool brokerage of Mort & Co. In September 1889 Winchcombe formed Winchcombe, Carson & Company with partners Duncan Carson, C. L. Wallis and E. J. Turton. The company served as woolbrokers and cattle agents.

Winchcombe was a commissioner for the 1893 Chicago World's Fair, an executive member of the Patriotic Fund for the South African War and a vice-president of the Royal Agricultural Society of New South Wales. He was three times president of the Sydney Chamber of Commerce (1907–08, 1909–10, 1914–15), a director of the Australian Mutual Provident Society, Atlas Assurance Co. Ltd and James Martin & Co. Ltd, and chairman of Ruthven Ltd, a Queensland pastoral company.[1] He was thee first President of the Wildlife Preservation Society of Australia.[3]

In November 1900, Winchcombe was elected to the New South Wales Legislative Assembly for Ashfield. He resigned in August 1905 and traveled to Europe. He later joined the Legislative Council in 1907 and was a member of the Board of Health (1907–10).[1]

During the First World War he organized the Sydney Chamber of Commerce War Food Fund, helped to establish the State Wool Committee, founded the Universal Service League (1915). He was a trustee of the Regimental Comforts Fund and vice-president of the Soldiers' Club (1915).[1][3]

Personal life[edit]

He married Annie Amelia Henson (died 1952) at Christ Church St Laurence on 25 September 1878.[1] They had four sons and two daughters. Winchcombe attended St Mark's Church in Darling Point.[1] He was briefly Rector’s warden at Christ Church St Laurence (1877–83).[4] His daughter Edyth married Thomas Bavin.[1] His grandchildren included barrister John Winchcombe Bavin, educationalist Nancy Milner-Gulland and writer and theatrical producer Ian Bevan.


During World War II, Winchcombe visited his sons who were soldiers in England. On the return voyage, his ship, hit a mine and sank in the Indian Ocean. Winchcombe was rescued but died of pneumonia on 29 June 1917 in Bombay. He was buried in Sewri cemetery. His estate was valued at £56,109.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h Walsh, G. P. "Winchcombe, Frederick Earle (1855 - 1917)". Australian Dictionary of Biography. Australian National University. Retrieved 2009-08-18. 
  2. ^ Collier, Jill. "The Gloucestershire Winchcombes". Jack of Newbury. Retrieved 2009-08-18. 
  3. ^ a b "Mr Frederick Earle WINCHCOMBE (1855 - 1917)". Members of Parliament. Parliament of New South Wales. Retrieved 22 February 2010. 
  4. ^ "Churchwardens". Retrieved 2009-08-18. 
Parliament of New South Wales
Preceded by
Bernhard Wise
Member for Ashfield
1900 – 1905
Succeeded by
William Robson