Lord John Forrest Baron of Bunbury

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Sir John Forrest

Birthplace: Picton, WA, Australia
Death: September 04, 1918 (71)
At sea aboard "Marathon", Sierra Leone (cancer)
Place of Burial: Perth, Western Australia, Australia
Immediate Family:

Son of William Forrest and Margaret Guthrie Forrest
Husband of Margaret Elvire Forrest
Brother of Mary Forrest; William Henry Forrest; James Hill Forrest; Alexander Forrest; David Forrest and 4 others

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About Lord John Forrest Baron of Bunbury

Sir John Forrest is sometimes referred to as Western Australia’s greatest son; he was certainly the greatest of the Forrest sons. He was born in Western Australia on 22 August 1847 and was sent by his parents to study at Bishop Hale’s school in Perth. He became a government surveyor and quickly rose to the top of his profession. His explorations – often with brother Alexander as second in command – opened up vast tracts of the colony, including the Pilbarra. The brothers also gained fame for linking the overland route from western Australia to the east. Sir John became the first Premier of Western Australia and is regarded by many as the man who built the state. Of all his many civil projects, including ports and railway lines, he is probably best remembered as the man who created the world’s longest water pipeline into the Kalgoorlie desert. This hugely controversial project, funded by British loans of up to six times the state project, helped transform Western Australia from a struggling colony to a wealthy state. Sir John went on to become a founding father of Australian Federation and served as treasurer and acting Prime Minister to the nation. He married Margaret Elvire Hamersley in 1876. The couple had no children, and their estate was divided equally amongst all his living nieces and nephews. Sir John died in 1918 after being diagnosed with skin cancer three years earlier.

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Lord John Forrest Baron of Bunbury's Timeline

August 22, 1847
Picton, WA, Australia
September 4, 1918
Age 71
At sea aboard "Marathon", Sierra Leone
May 1919
Age 71
Karrakatta Cemetery, Perth, Western Australia, Australia