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|Title/Caption: ||Alexander Forrest (1849-1901), Explorer, surveyor, politician|
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politicians, explorers, surveyors
|Comments:||Alexander Forrest explored areas of Western Australia under contract to the Survey Department, particularly the Kimberley region, during the 1870s and 1880s. In 1887 he became a member of the Legislative Council of West Australia and for 6 years mayor of Perth and a C.M.G.
In company with his older brother, John (1847-1918), succeeded in finding an overland route from Perth, WA to Adelaide, South Australia, completing the journey in five months.
*Bright Sparcs entry http://www.asap.unimelb.edu.au/bsparcs/biogs/P001055b.htm
*Dictionary of Australian Biography (1949) available online through Project Gutenberg http://gutenberg.net.au/dictbiog/0-dict-biogF.html#forrest1
*Constitutional Centre of Western Australia http://www.ccentre.wa.gov.au/html/res01_12.htm|