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backReference #: 003613 Alexander Forrest (1849-1901), Explorer, surveyor, politician

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Reference Number:003613
Title/Caption: Alexander Forrest (1849-1901), Explorer, surveyor, politician
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State: ACT
People featured: Forrest, Alexander
Relation: Is part of the Canberra Times Collection
Keywords: 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. SOURCES *Bright Sparcs entry *Dictionary of Australian Biography (1949) available online through Project Gutenberg *Constitutional Centre of Western Australia