George Barrett-Leonard

Mr. Edward Pomeroy Barrett-Lennard, the youngest son of Sir Thomas Barrett-Lennard, Bart., of Belhus, Essex, England, was among the first settlers to arrive in Western Australia in 1829. He selected land on the banks of the Swan River, and owned the property now known as St. Leonard’s. On his death the property passed to his son, Edward Graham Barrett-Lennard, and in turn, was acquired by George Barrett-Lennard.

George was educated in Western Australia and continued the policy of development laid down by his forefathers. He expanded upon agricultural pursuits and specialised in viticulture. He was largely responsible for the inauguration of the grape export industry and studied grape growing and drying with one of his sons in Greece and Spain.

In 1886 George married Miss Amy Drake-Brockman. They had four sons and two daughters. One son was killed at Gallipoli and another drowned at North Beach.

George Barrett-Leonard died at his residence, St. Leonard’s, West Swan in 1917, aged 55. The funeral took place in the Upper Swan Churchyard.

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