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Biographical entry Drake-Brockman, Frederick Slade (1857 - 1917)

9 July 1857
Seabrook, Western Australia, Australia
11 September 1917
Karrakatta?, Western Australia, Australia
Surveyor and Explorer


Frederick Drake-Brockman was surveyor-in-charge of the Wyndham-to-Hall's Creek road and telephone line routes during the late 1880s. After transferring to the Department of Lands and Surveys, he presided over the Murchison-Eucla leg of the rabbit proof fence, the drainage of the Harvey and Stirling estates and an exploration into new areas of the Kimberly (north of latitude 17°). This survey led to the discovery and/or naming of many land marks including the Calder and King Edward rivers. It also gave rise to a large collection of specimens (biological and geological) and Aboriginal artefacts, which were given to the Western Australian Museum. Frederick Drake-Brockman was chairman of many boards including the Licensed Surveyors Advisory Board, the Repatriation Board (land section) and the Town Planning Association.



1886 - 1891
Career position - Surveyor for the Department of Public Works and Railways in Western Australia
1894 - 1914
Career position - Surveyor then Chief-Inspecting-Surveyor in the Department of Lands and Surveys
Career position - Expedition to the uncharted areas of the Kimberley
Career position - Survey, report and classification of lands between the Vase and Shannon rivers
1915 -
Career position - Surveyor-General for the Department of Lands and Surveys

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McCarthy, G.J.