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Sir John Eardley Eardley-Wilmot (1783–1847)

Sir John Eardley Eardley-Wilmot

Sir John Eardley Eardley-Wilmot (1783-1847), lieutenant-governor, was born on 21 February 1783 in London, the son of John Eardley-Wilmot and his wife Frances, née Sainthill. His grandfather was chief justice of common pleas, his father a master in chancery. Through this background, rather than as a result of personal achievement, Wilmot was created a baronet in 1821. He was called to the Bar in 1806 and was chairman of the Warwickshire Quarter Sessions from 1830 to 1843. He published An Abridgment...

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John Thomas (Jack) Patten (1905–1957)

John Thomas (Jack) Patten (1905-1957), Aboriginal leader, was born on 27 March 1905 at Moama, New South Wales, eldest of six children of John Thomas Patten, labourer and later police tracker, and his wife...

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