George Leake (merchant)
|Spouse(s)||Anne (Growse) Leake|
|Children||Ann Elizabeth Leake|
George Leake (1786–1849) was a wealthy landholder in the early days of the Swan River Colony. Backed with considerable assets, Leake supported many of the early settlers of the colony who were struggling financially.
George Leake was born in 1786 in London, England. His father was Luke Leake, and his mother, Ann Heading(1758–1836). He arrived at Fremantle, Western Australia in the Calista in August 1829 and quickly established himself as a merchant.
He was instrumental in the establishment of the first Bank of Western Australia which was established in June 1837, becoming its first chairman of directors. In 1839, he was one of four unofficial nominees of the Western Australian Legislative Council, retaining his seat until his death. He was appointed magistrate in 1839 and mas made chairman of the Perth Town Trust (later to become Perth City Council).
He married Anne Growse, who died in 1815 leaving him with one daughter, Ann Elizabeth.
He died in 1849 in Perth, Western Australia.
- Some sources say 1785
- M. Medcalf, 'Leake, George (1786 - 1849)', Australian Dictionary of Biography, Volume 2, Melbourne University Press, 1967, pp 99–100.
- Dictionary of Australian Biography entry of his grandson, George Leake (Premier)
- Chapman, Jenny.(1965) Perserverando : the Leake family in the political, economic and social life of W.A., 1829-1902, with particular reference to George Leake (1786-1849), Sir Luke Samuel Leake (1828-1886), and George Leake (1856-1902) held in Battye Library.
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