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1887                                                                                                                                                    1890s
            Alexander Forrest was elected the first member of the Legislative Council for the                                                                       By 1890 numbers at the High School had still not risen much above the initial enrolment
            Kimberley. His horse First Price wins the inaugural Perth Cup, with an initial stake of 250                                                             of twenty pupils. The arrival in September 1890 of Charles Faulkner from New Zealand
            pounds.                                                                                                                                                 and the advent of the 1890s gold rush period brought a change in the fortunes and the
                                                                                                                                                                    prospects of the School. A year after Faulkner’s arrival numbers had risen to 33 and by
            1890                                                                                                                                                    August, 1891 the roll was 41; a year later it was 81. The School’s future was assured.
            21 October : The Western Australian constitution receives royal assent.
                                                                                                                                                                    Late 1890s
            22 December: The Governor appointed John Forrest as the State’s first Premier. Four                                                                     After  C.Y. O’Connor committed suicide, Old Boy Alex Sanderson was one of the
            of the five man cabinet were Bishop’s School Old Boys, including Septimus Burt as                                                                       engineers to complete the Kalgoorlie pipeline (O’Connor’s sons attended Hale School).
            Attorney-General, with Alexander Forrest as Cabinet Secretary (the ‘Sixth Minister’).
            Leader of the Opposition in Western Australia was Bishop’s School Old Boy Stephen
            Henry Parker (later Chief Justice of Western Australia).                                                                                                Bishop Hale died aged 84, at Clifton, Bristol. He is buried in the family plot next St
                                                                                                                                                                    Kenelm’s Church in Alderley, Gloucestershire
            John Forrest’s right hand man in the civil service (as Under-Treasurer) was the first student
            enrolled in Bishop’s School, Laurence Eliot.                                                                                                            High School Old Boy George Leake became leader of the opposition in Western
                                                                                                                                                                    Australia, opposite John Forrest. In 1901 he was appointed Premier and Attorney-
                                                                                     Septimus Burt:                                F C Faulkner (1889-1914)         General before dying in office in 1902 at 45 years of age.
                                                                                     Anglican politician, 1888. He was supported
                                                                                     by the West Australian, was a foundation
                                                                                     member f the Weld Club and believed that                                       1899:
                                                                                     Horgan possessed a free flow of adjectives                                     The Boer War broke out. Each Australian colony sent contingents in support of the British
                                                                                     ‘like all his countrymen’.                                                     Army. Western Australia was ultimately to send 9 contingents to South Africa.  36 High
                                                                                                                                                                    School Old Boys served, including 10 in the first contingent, before the war ended in July
                                                                                                                                                                    High School Old Boy Frank Parker earned a Distinguished Service Order after
                                                                                                                                                                    commanding a group of 22 Western Australians in a day long occupation of a kopje
                                                                                                                                                                    against a force of 400 Boer troops intent on attacking the nearby British encampment
                                                                                                                                                                    at Slingersfontein. The British commander, Major-General Clements named the kopje
                                                                                                                                                                    ‘Westralia Hill’ in honour of the gallant defence. Frank subsequently became Crown
                                                                                                                                                                    Prosecutor for Western Australia.

                                                                                                                                                                                                    Old Boy Anthony Forrest, son of Lord
                                                                                                                                                                                                    Mayor of Perth Alexander Forrest, School
                                                                                                                                                                                                    wicketkeeper and the bow in the crew which
                                                                                                                                                                                                    won the inaugural Head of the River in
                                                                                                                                                                                                    1899, joined up but was killed in an action
                                                                                                                                                                                                    at Brakpan in the Eastern Transvaal in May,
                                                                                                                                                                                                    1901 at the age of  sixteen and a half years.
                                                                                                                                                                                                    High School Old Boy Henry (‘Harry’) Maley
                                                                                                                                                                                                    also served in South Africa. He was later
                                                                                                                                                                                                    appointed to State Cabinet in 1921. He
                             Laurance S Eliot CMG                                    Stephen Henry Parker:                                                                                          served as leader of the Country Party,
                             The first boy enrolled at the School, June 1858         Lawyer, politician, Mayor of Perth and                                                                         Deputy-Premier and Minister for Agriculture.
                                                                                     speculator in urban real estate.                Hon. George Leake QC                                           He was also a member of the Rottnest Board
                                                                                                                                                                                                    of Control, and Maley Street on Rottnest is
                                                                                                                                                                                                    named after him.

                                                                                                                                                                                                    Francis Maitland Wyborn Parker
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