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Biographical entry Piesse, Frederick Henry (1853 - 1912)

Born
6 December 1853
Northam, Western Australia, Australia
Died
29 June 1912
Occupation
Agriculturalist

Summary

Frederick Henry Piesse was a successful merchant who virtually built the town of Katanning. He established a flourishing wine industry, making wines that won awards in Perth, London and Paris.

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Born 6 December 1853. Died 29 June 1912. CMG 1908. Began his working life at the Northam general store. Pearl-fishing industry, Shark's Bay 1872-75, postmaster and telegraphist, Williams 1875-80. Launched at Williams the firm F. & C. Piesse 1880, branch opened at Arthur River 1881. Set up a portable store in 1886 following the progress of the Great Southern Line, finishing up at Katanning. Bought agricultural land near the railway and in 1891 built a flour-mill in Katanning. Established a wine industry, making wines that won awards in Perth, London and Paris. Member of Legislative Assembly 1890-1900, 1904-09.

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