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Sir Edward Ridley Colborne Bradford, first baronet (1836–1911) by Henry Tanworth Wells, 1900 ? National Portrait Gallery, London

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Bradford, Sir Edward Ridley Colborne, first baronet (1836–1911), administrator in India and police officer, was born on 27 July 1836 at Hambleden Cottage, Buckinghamshire, the second son of William Mussage Kirkwall Bradford (1806–1872), who was rector successively of Rotherfield Greys, Oxfordshire; Weeke, Hampshire...

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Burt, Sir Archibald Paull (1810–1879), colonial judge, was born on 1 September 1810 in St Kitts, the second son and second of the seven children of George Henry Burt (1787–1851), sugar planter, merchant, and speaker of the house of assembly of St Kitts...

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Carbonell, William Leycester Rouse (1912–1993), police officer in Malaya, was born on 14 August 1912 at 150 Albert Palace Mansions, Battersea, London, the youngest of three sons and fourth of five children of John Carbonell, owner of a small engineering firm, and his wife, ...

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Cowen, Sir Zelman (1919–2011), legal scholar, governor-general of Australia, and college head, was born Zelman Cohen on 7 October 1919 in St Kilda, Melbourne, the only son of Bernard Cohen, later Cowen (1892–1975), businessman, and his wife Sara, née Granat (1893–1989). In March 1922 his father changed his surname by deed poll. Both families were part of the mass exodus of Jews from tsarist ...

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Sir Zelman Cowen (1919–2011) by Wes Walters, 2000 ? National Portrait Gallery, Canberra, Gift of Marc Besen AO and Dr Joseph Brown AO OBE 2000

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Curtis, Dunstan Michael Carr (1910–1983), lawyer and civil servant in Europe, was born on 26 August 1910 at 6 Cheyne Gardens, Chelsea, London, the only child of Arthur Cecil Curtis, a civil servant, and his wife, Elizabeth, a teacher and painter, the daughter of ...

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Dowson, Sir Ernest MacLeod (1876–1950), colonial administrator and expert on land registration, was born on 19 November 1876 in India, the only son of Ernest Dowson, superintendent of the Indian government telegraph department. He was educated at the Isle of Wight College and the ...

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Forbes, Sir Francis (1784–1841), lawyer and colonial official, was born at Bermuda, eldest son of Francis Forbes MD (c.1740–1814) and his second wife, Mary Tucker. Parental education preceded schooling in St George's. He then read law under Bermuda's Chief Justice Leonard...

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Ilbert, Sir Courtenay Peregrine (1841–1924), parliamentary draftsman, administrator in India, and legal writer, was born at Kingsbridge, Devon, on 12 June 1841, the eldest of six sons of the Revd Peregrine Arthur Ilbert, rector of Thurlestone, Devon, and his wife, Rose Anne, daughter of ...

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Sir Alexander Johnston (1775–1849) by John Cochran, pubd 1831 (after Thomas Phillips) ? National Portrait Gallery, London

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Johnston, Sir Alexander (1775–1849), colonial official and judge in Ceylon, was born on 25 April 1775, the elder son of Samuel Johnston (d. 1801), landowner brother of Peter Johnston (1749–1837), laird of Carnsalloch and MP for Kirkcudbright, and his wife, Hester (...

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Kyshe, James William Norton- (1855–1920), colonial official and legal writer, was probably born in Mauritius, the second son of Henry Kyshe and Esther Norton. He once described himself as 'one of the Jewish race, closely connected to the Jews of the best birth and highest standing in ...

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McNair, (John) Frederick Adolphus (1828–1910), colonial official and penal reformer, was born at Bath on 23 October 1828, the eldest son of Major Robert McNair, a staff officer. He was educated at King's College, London, and at the School of Mines. In 1844 he was commissioned into the ...

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Nicolls, Mathias (bap. 1626, d. 1692/3), jurist and colonial administrator, was baptized on 29 March 1626, the son of Mathias Nicolls (d. 1631), Church of England clergyman, and Martha Oakes (d. in or after 1631). After the death of his father he and his mother moved to ...

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O'Halloran, Thomas Shuldham (1797–1870), army officer and police chief in Australia, was born on 25 October 1797 at Berhampore, India, the second son of Major-General Sir Joseph O'Halloran (1763–1843) and his wife, Frances (1773–1835), the daughter of Colonel Nicholas Bayly and the niece of the ...

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Palmer, John (c. 1650–1700?), lawyer and colonial administrator, began his professional career in the military. He served as an ensign under Colonel William Burt, in the Barbados regiment of foot, where he met Major Edmund Andros. Palmer participated in a successful expedition sent by ...

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Petrie, Sir David (1879–1961), police officer in India and head of the security service, was born on 9 September 1879 at Inveravon, Banffshire, the second surviving son of Thomas Petrie, master millwright, and his wife, Jane Allan. After taking an MA degree at ...