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Biographical entry Forrest, Alexander (1849 - 1901)


22 September 1849
Picton, Western Australia, Australia
20 June 1901
Perth, Western Australia, Australia
Explorer and Surveyor


Alexander Forrest explored areas of Western Australia under contract to the Survey Department, particularly the Kimberley region, during the 1870s and 1880s. On some of these surveys he was in company with his brother John. Over 900 botanical specimens from these expeditions were sent to Victorian Government Botanist Ferdinand von Mueller in Melbourne. In his political career Forrest represented the Kimberley region in the Western Australian Parliament from 1887 to 1901 and served two terms as Mayor of Perth. He also invested in mining and land development ventures.



Career position - Surveyor-in-Charge, Albany District, Western Australian Survey Department
1887 - 1890
Career position - Member for Kimberley, Legislative Council, Western Australian Parliament
1890 - 1901
Career position - Member for West Kimberley, Legislative Assembly, Western Australian Parliament
Career position - Delegate to National Australian Convention
1892 - 1905
Career position - Mayor of Perth
1897 - 1900
Career position - Mayor of Perth
Award - Commander of the Order of St Michael and St George (CMG)

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Archival resources

Adolph Basser Library, Australian Academy of Science

  • Australian Botanists - Biographies, MS 064; Adolph Basser Library, Australian Academy of Science. Details

JS Battye Library of West Australian History, State Library of Western Australia

  • Alexander Forrest - Records, 1869 - 1874, ACC 1241A; JS Battye Library of West Australian History, State Library of Western Australia. Details

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Journal Articles

  • Powell, J. M., 'John Forrest 1847-1918; Alexander Forrest 1849-1901', Geographers: Bibliographical Studies, 8 (1984), 39-43. Details


See also

  • Clement, Cathie, Gresham, Jeffrey and McGlashan, Hamish eds, Kimberley history: people, exploration and development (Perth: Kimberley Society, 2012), 227 pp. Details

McCarthy, G.J. and Helen Cohn