Forrest, John, (Sir) (1847-1918)

Also known as
Baron Forrest (1847-1918)
Forrest, Baron (1847-1918)
Forrest, John, (GCMG) (1847-1918)
Forrest, John (1847-1918)
Forrest, John Forrest, (Baron) (1847-1918)
Field of activity
Surveyor; Surveyor-General; Politician; Explorer
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http://nla.gov.au/anbd.aut-an35094422
NLA Persistent Identifier
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Biographies

Sir John Forrest, 1st Baron Forrest of Bunbury (1847-1918), surveyor, explorer and politician, was born on 22 August 1847 at Preston Point, near Bunbury, Western Australia, fourth child and third son...

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Sir John Forrest (1st Baron Forrest of Bunbury) was on the staff of the Western Australian Surveyor-General's Office 1865-1890, ultimately becoming Surveyor General and Commissioner for Crown Lands. He was highly competent as leader of three expeditions between 1869 and 1874 in the uncharted wilderness of Western Australia and into South Australia, on the last accompanied by his brother Alexander (also a surveyor). These expeditions yielded many specimens for botanists and geologists. Over 1,900 botanical specimens were sent to Victorian Government Botanist Ferdinand von Mueller, with whom Forrest was acquainted. Forrest's political career included terms as Premier and Colonial Treasurer of Western Australia from 1890 to1901, in several ministries in the Australian Parliament after 1901, and Acting Prime Minister of Australia in 1907.

  • Career event - Apprenticed as surveyor
  • Career position - Government Surveyor for the Northern District, Western Australia
  • Award - Gold Medal, Royal Geographical Society
  • Career position - Deputy Surveyor General, Western Australian Surveyor General's Office
  • Career position - Acting Superintendent of Convicts, Western Australia
  • Career position - Acting Surveyor General and Commissioner for Crown Lands
  • Award - Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George (CMG)
  • Career position - Surveyor General and Commissioner for Crown Lands, Western Australia
  • Career event - Elected as Member for Bunbury, Legislative Assembly, Western Australian Parliament
  • Career position - Knight Commander of the Order of St Michael and St George (KCMG)
  • Career position - Premier and Colonial Treasurer, Western Australian Parliament
  • Award - Knight Commander of the Order of St Michael and St George (KCMG)
  • Career position - Colonial Secretary, Western Australian Parliament
  • Award - Honorary Doctor of Laws, University of Cambridge
  • Career position - Privy Councillor
  • Award - Knight Grand Cross of the Order of St Michael and St George (GCMG)
  • Career position - Postmaster-General, Australian Parliament
  • Career position - Minister for Defence, Australian Parliament
  • Career position - Member for Swan, House of Representatives, Australian Parliament
  • Award - Honorary Doctor of Laws, University of Adelaide
  • Career position - Minister for Home Affairs, Australian Parliament
  • Career position - Acting Prime Minister of Australia
  • Award - Honorary Doctor of Laws, University of Western Australia
  • Award - Created the 1st Baron Forrest of Bunbury
  • Taxonomy event - C.A. Gardner was named in his honour. Forrest also was joint collector of the type

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Encyclopedia of Australian Science

  1. Forrest, John
    Published: The University of Melbourne eScholarship Research Centre
    Series: Encyclopedia of Australian Science
  2. John Forrest, first Baron Forrest, 1847-1918
    Baigent, Elizabeth
    Published: Oxford University Press, Oxford, 2004
    Series: Oxford Dictionary of National Biography
  3. John Forrest 1847-1918; Alexander Forrest 1849-1901
    Powell, J. M.
    Published: 1984
    Series: Geographers: Bibliographical Studies, 8, 39-43
  4. The Study of Australian Eucalypts
    McCarthy, Gavan; Smith, Ailie; Moje, Christine; Rigby, Rebecca
    Published: eScholarship Research Centre, 2013
  5. Forrest, Sir John (Baron Forrest) (1847-1918)
    Crowley, F. K.
    Published: Melbourne University Press, Melbourne, 1981
    Series: Australian Dictionary of Biography, 8, 544-551
  6. Explorations in Australia : I.- Explorations in search of Dr. Leichardt and party. II. - From Perth to Adelaide, around the Great Australian Bight. III. -From Champion Bay, across the desert to the telegraph and to Adelaide, with an appendix on the condition of Western Australia
    Forrest, John
    Published: Sampson, Low, Marston & Searle, London, 1875
  7. Big John Forrest 1847 - 1918: a founding father of the Commonwealth of Australia
    Crowley, Frank
    Published: University of Western Australia Press, Nedlands, Western Australia, 2000
  8. Botanists of the Eucalypts: short biographies of people who have named eucalypts, whose names have been given to species or who have collected type material
    Hall, Norman
    Published: CSIRO, Melbourne, 1978
  9. Federation and Meteorology
    Australian Science and Technology Heritage Centre
    Published: 2001

Resources by John Forrest (138)

  1. Biography of John Forrest 1847-Dec 1905
    Forrest, John Sir, 1847-1918
    [ Book : 1900 ]
    At WA State Library
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  2. Speech on moving the second reading of the Homesteads bill, 1892, on the 17th November, 1892 / by Sir John Forrest
    Forrest, John Sir, 1847-1918
    [ Book : 1892 ]
    At WA State Library
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  3. Naval supremacy
    Forrest, John Sir, 1847-1918
    [ Book : 1900 ]
    At WA State Library
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  4. John Forrest papers, 1862-1919
    Forrest, John, Sir, 1847-1918
    [ Unpublished : 1862-1919 ]
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    At WA State Library
    John Forrest papers, 1862-1919
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  5. Diary of John Forrest, Surveyor General and Commissioner of Crown Lands : from Fremantle to Cambridge Gulf, 1886
    Forrest, John, Sir, 1847-1918
    [ Book : 1886 ]
    At WA State Library
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  6. John Forrest, the Leichhardt search expedition, 1869 : 100 years ago
    Compton, G. Spencer
    [ Book : 1969 ]
    At WA State Library
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  7. Financial Statement of the Honourable Sir John Forrest ..., Premier and Colonial Treasurer, made 24th September, 1894
    Western Australia. Parliament. Legislative Assembly
    [ Government publication, Book : 1894 ]
    At National Library
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  8. Exploration routes in search of Dr. Leichardt by John Forrest 1869
    Forrest, John Sir, 1847-1918
    [ Government publication, Map : 1870-1920 ]
    At WA State Library
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  9. Letter
    Cammilleri, F. (Frederick), 1861-1943
    [ Unpublished : 1906 ]
    At WA State Library
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  10. Journey across the western interior of Australia from Murchison River to Peake Station / by John Forrest
    Forrest, John, Sir, 1847-1918
    [ Book : 1875 ]
    At 2 libraries
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  1. Biography of John Forrest 1847-Dec 1905
    Forrest, John Sir, 1847-1918
    [ Book : 1900 ]
    At WA State Library
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  2. Speech on moving the second reading of the Homesteads bill, 1892, on the 17th November, 1892 / by Sir John Forrest
    Forrest, John Sir, 1847-1918
    [ Book : 1892 ]
    At WA State Library
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  3. Lord John Forrest
    [ Photograph : 1900 ]
    View online
    At State Library S Aust
    Lord John Forrest
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  4. Naval supremacy
    Forrest, John Sir, 1847-1918
    [ Book : 1900 ]
    At WA State Library
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  5. Baron Forrest of Bunbury and of Forrest in life : a tribute to a great explorer and statesman from teh scholars of Western Australian schools
    [ Book : 1947 ]
    At City of Perth
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  6. [Biographical cuttings on Lord John Forrest, former explorer, containing one or more cuttings from newspapers or journals]
    [ Published : 1900-1990 ]
    At National Library
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  7. Correspondence relating to Forrest papers, 1919-1948
    [ Unpublished : 1919-1948 ]
    At State Library of NSW
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  8. In memoriam : the Right Honorable Lord Forrest ... member of the House of Representatives for the electoral division of Swan, and formerly Postmaster-General, Minister for Defence, Minister for Home Affairs, and on four occasions Treasurer of the Com ...
    Australia. Parliament. House of Representatives
    [ Book : 1918 ]
    At 2 libraries
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  9. John Forrest papers, 1862-1919
    Forrest, John, Sir, 1847-1918
    [ Unpublished : 1862-1919 ]
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    At WA State Library
    John Forrest papers, 1862-1919
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  10. Sir John Forrest
    [ Photograph : 1900-1910 ]
    At WA State Library
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  1. Forrest, Margaret (1844-1929)
    Botanical Artist; Political Activist; Botanical Collector; Artist; ; Draughtsman; Painter; Botanical artist; Botanical collector
    ... Forrest, John (1847 - 1918) ... Forrest, John ... John Forrest on 29 February, 1876 at St. George's Cathedral, Perth, and became heavily involved in ... Painter, botanical artist and the wife of John Forrest who was elected Premier of Western Australia ...
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  2. Forrest, James Alexander, (Sir) (1905-1990)
    Solicitor; Company Director; Company director; Lawyer
    ... Forrest, James Alexander (1905-1990) ... Sir James Alexander (Jim) Forrest (1905-1990), solicitor and company director, was born on 10 March ... 1905 at Kerang, Victoria, third of five children of Scottish-born parents John Forrest, draper, and his... ...
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  3. Forrest, William (1818-1899)
    Flour Miller
    ... We regret to record the death of Mr. William Forrest, of Picton, father of the Premier, Sir John ... Forrest, and the Mayor of Perth, Mr. Alexander Forrest, M.L.A. Mr. William Forrest, it will be remembered,... ...
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  1. Attacked by the natives at Weld Spr ...
    Forrest, John, ...
    [ Art work : 1874 ]
  2. Lord John Forrest
    [ Photograph : 1900 ]
    Lord John Forrest
  3. Sir John Forrest
    [ Photograph : 1900-1910 ]
  4. Portrait of Sir John Forrest
    Cutten, L
    [ Art work : 1935 ]
  5. Portraits of Sir John Forrest
    Vandyck
    [ Photograph : 1910 ]
  6. Baron John Forrest
    [ Photograph : 1890 ]
    Baron John Forrest
  1. ECCLESIASTICAL JURISDICTION. In the goods of Sir Digory Forrest, late of Exmouth, in the County of Devon, in England, Knight, deceased.
    New South Wales Government Gazette (Sydney, NSW : 1832 - 1900) Tuesday 15 January 1850 [Issue No.7] p 85

    Government Gazette Private Notices

    ... Letters of Administration of the goods, chattels, credits.and effects of the said Sir Digory Forrest, with ... In the Supreme Court of New South Wales. ECCLESIASTICAL JURISDICTION. In the goods of Sir Digory ... 224 words
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  2. WHEREAS the Estate of John Smith was, on the 22nd day of September, 1843,
    New South Wales Government Gazette (Sydney, NSW : 1832 - 1900) Tuesday 26 September 1843 [Issue No.80] p 1239

    Government Gazette Private Notices

    ... In the Insolvent Estate of John Smith, of Camden Forrest, settler. w HEREAS the Estate of John ... Honor Sir James Dowling, I hereby appdiht a Meeting of the Creditors of the said John Smith to be holden ... 138 words
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  3. ACQUISITION OF SITE FOR THE PURPOSE OF A POST OFFICE AT MOUNT SIR SAMUEL, WESTERN AUSTRALIA.
    Commonwealth of Australia Gazette (National : 1901 - 1973) Saturday 16 April 1904 [Issue No.23] p 272

    Government Gazette Notices

    ... " under Section 85 (1) of the Coistitution Act. JOHN FORREST, Minister of State for Home Affairs. ... . ACQUISITION OF SITE FOR THE PURPOSE OF A POST OFFICE AT MOUNT SIR SAMUEL, WESTERN AUSTRALIA. IX IS Excellency ... 136 words
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  1. Sir John & Lady Forrest
    [ Book : 1900 ]
    At WA State Library
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  2. Sir John Forrest at Karridale, Kings Park, South-west
    [ Book : 1900 ]
    At WA State Library
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  3. Carte de visite of Sir John Forrest (as a younger man)
    [ Book : 1900 ]
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  4. Sir John Wintours vindication from the aspersion of destroying the ship-timber of the forrest of Deane
    [ Book : 1660 ]
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    At 2 libraries
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  1. SIR JOHN FORREST (1847-1918).
    Sunday Mail (Brisbane, Qld. : 1926 - 1954) Sunday 12 June 1927 p 28 Article
    ... SIR JOHN FORREST. (1847-191^). ; ;? y John Forrest, first Baron .Forrest -Bunbury, was bom .near ... . The month before a peerage had been conferred upon him. He died at sea on September 3, 1918. Printed ... 359 words
    • Text last corrected on 20 July 2014 by anonymous
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  2. Forrest
    The Canberra Times (ACT : 1926 - 1995) Saturday 11 April 1964 p 19 Article Illustrated
    ... , first baron Forrest of Bunbury and the third son of William Forrest was born in 1847. Educated at Bishop ... Treasurer of the Colony, a position which he held without interruption for nearly 11 years. He died in 1918. ... 333 words
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  3. THE PREMIER AT BUNBURY. AN IMPORTANT DEPUTATION. SOME PUBLIC BUILDINGS WANTED. | BUNBUEY, December 2.
    The Inquirer and Commercial News (Perth, WA : 1855 - 1901) Friday 8 December 1893 p 3 Article Illustrated
    ... 'clock, Sir John Forrest returned from the Vasse. He was waited on at the Prince of Wales' Hotel by a ... requirements of the town. Mr. Spencer also supported the previous speakers. Sir John Forrest, in replying, said ... 1149 words
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  1. John McEwen and others address a Country Party meeting at Forrest Place, Perth on November 13, 1970 in the John McEwen MS 4654 collection
    McEwen, John, Sir, 1900-1980
    [ Sound : 1970 ]
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    At National Library
    John McEwen and others address a Country Party meeting at Forrest Place, Perth on November 13, 1970 in the John McEwen MS 4654 collection
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  2. Transcript of interview with Jon Faine: 774 ABC Melbourne:16 October 2014: Forrest Review
    Tudge, Alan
    [ Sound : 2014 ]
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    At Parliament Library
    Transcript of interview with Jon Faine: 774 ABC Melbourne:16 October 2014: Forrest Review
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  3. Transcript of interview with Jon Faine: 774 ABC Melbourne: 16 October 2014: Forrest Review
    Tudge, Alan
    [ Sound : 2014 ]
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    At Parliament Library
    Transcript of interview with Jon Faine: 774 ABC Melbourne: 16 October 2014: Forrest Review
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  4. Interview with Sir Gordon Freeth in 1988 / interviewed by John Ferrell
    Freeth, Gordon, Sir, 1914-2001
    [ Sound : 1988 ]
    At WA State Library
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  1. Petition to Her Majesty the Queen from persons residing in the town of Albany and the district near it, together with a report on the statements made in the petition by the Right Honourable Sir John Forrest. Includes framed map of Western Australi (1 ...
    Western Australia. Premier (1890-1901 : Forrest)
    [ Map : 1900 ]
    At WA State Library
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  2. 'Chilterns'
    Foster, Di
    [ Photograph, Art work, Map ]
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    At Stonnington History
    'Chilterns'
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  3. Chapel Street pawnbrokers and streetscapes
    Healey, Christine
    [ Photograph, Art work, Map, Object ]
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    At Stonnington History
    Chapel Street pawnbrokers and streetscapes
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  1. Breaking the 'forrest code': The right honourable Sir John Forrest PC GCMG
    Rosenzweig, Paul A
    Sabretache
    [ Article : 2018 ]
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  2. SIR JOHN FORREST’S BUDGET STATEMENT
    Australia. High Commission (Great Britain)
    Anzac bulletin : issued to members of the Australian Imperial Forces in Great Britain and France by authority of the High Commissioner for Australia.
    [ Article : 1917 ]
    View online
    At Trove DigitalLibrary
    SIR JOHN FORREST’S BUDGET STATEMENT
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  3. SIR JOHN FORREST EXPLORER AND STATESMAN
    The Lone hand.
    [ Article : 1915 ]
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    At Trove DigitalLibrary
    SIR JOHN FORREST EXPLORER AND STATESMAN
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  4. The Man of the Month. SIR JOHN FORREST, THE BIG MAN
    The Triad : a journal devoted to literacy, pictorial, musical and dramatic art.
    [ Article : 1917 ]
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    At Trove DigitalLibrary
    The Man of the Month. SIR JOHN FORREST, THE BIG MAN
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  1. Forrest, Sir John
    Forrest, Sir John
    Created by alass, 23 items.

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  2. Sir John Forrest death and burial
    Sir John Forrest death and burial
    Created by history-girl, 9 items.

    newspaper coverage of death, burial, memorial services and re-burial in Karrakatta Cemetery

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  3. Thomas Forrest Cumming
    Thomas Forrest Cumming
    Created by JuddCumming, 175 items.

    Thomas Forrest death notice

    Keywords: John Cumming, T F Cumming
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