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Sir John William Jeffcott (1796–1837)

Sir John William Jeffcott

Sir John William Jeffcott (1796-1837) judge, was the eldest son of William Jeffcott, merchant, of Tralee, County Kerry, Ireland, and his wife Harriet Jane, née Hoare. He was educated by private tutor and at Trinity College, Dublin (B.A., 1821; M.A., 1825). Called to the English Bar at the Inner Temple in February 1826, he applied for a legal post in the colonies and in February 1830 was appointed chief justice of Sierra Leone and the Gambia. He carried out the duties of chief justice for two years...

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Biographical Dictionary of the House of Representatives

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ADB volume 19

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Kelvin Coe (1946–1992)

Kelvin Coe

Kelvin Coe (1946–1992), ballet dancer and teacher, was born on 18 September 1946 in North Melbourne, son of George Henry Aloysius Coe and second son of his wife Margaret (Peggy) Christie, formerly Collard,...

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