Arthur Palmer Blake
M, #10862, b. 4 Mar 1837, d. 25 Oct 1917
|UBeac Research*|| Arthur was a partner of the firm Blake & Riggall in Melbourne. The firm is still in existence, now known as Blake Dawson; it has expanded to become national.|
Arthur was President of the Law Institute of Victoria from 1878 to 1880.
The firm known today as Blake Dawson has held many different titles since its 1841 inception in Melbourne. Founded by Scottish expat James Hunter Ross, the Victorian firm existed under the name Blake & Riggall for 114 years after Arthur Palmer Blake joined the partnership with lawyers Robert William Hutt and William Riggall in 1866.
Maintaining its Melbourne presence for many years, it was the opening of George Charles King Waldron’s Sydney practice in 1881 that would eventually lead to Blake Dawson’s New South Wales expansion.
Setting up shop on Sydney’s Pitt Street, Waldron went on to become the Sydney City Solicitor - a position that was held by partners of the firm for over a century. His practice then became Waldron & Dawson after Percy Sydney Dawson joined the practice in 1891. Following the 1898 death of Waldron, the Sydney practice then became Dawson, & Waldron & Glover with the addition of Waldron’s younger brother Thomas Walter King Waldron.
After a few more name changes for both the Melbourne and Sydney practices, the firm finally became known as Blake Dawson Waldron after the two - Blake & Riggall and Dawson Waldron - merged in 1988.
Finally, in 2007 the firm underwent a major re-branding excercise and dropped its Waldron tag to become Blake Dawson.
On 1 March 2012, Blake Dawson and Ashurst combined their practices in Asia and Blake Dawson changed its name to Ashurst Australia. Ashurst Australia is the Australian branch of Ashurst LLP, a global commercial law firm with offices in Australia, China, Japan, Europe, the Middle East, the United Kingdom and the United States.
|UBeac Research|| All I can add is that in 1879 in conjunction with his brother Henry Palmer Blake (my great grandfather) he purchsed Conimbia Station near Coonamble. My ggrandfather lived here until it was sold in 1909.|
Conimbia was sold to Mr C. Osborne for 25,000 Pounds. This was 19,223 acres of which 16,483 had been secured with 10,000 Merinos, 45 Durham cattle and 54 blood and draught horses.
Who was Arthur Palmer blake? Think he may have been a very slick solicitor indeed. Yet he returned home to live in UK in ….. and sat on many bank boards etc. Director with the Australian Agricultural Company. He held very prestigeous positions. My side of the family did not have this affluance nor influence either.
|Birth*||4 Mar 1837||Bramerston, Norfolk, England, [par George BLAKE & Elizabeth PALMER] - baptised 24 Mar 1837.1|
|Marriage*||8 Sep 1868|| Spouse: Frances Elizabeth Buckland. Christ Church, South Yarra, VIC, Australia.|
|Marriage-Notice*||12 Sep 1868||BLAKE—BUCKLAND.—On the 8th inst., at Christ Church, South Yarra, by the Rev. W. N. Guinness, M.A., Arthur Palmer Blake,of Melbourne, solicitor, eldest son of George Blake, Esq., of Redland, Bristol, England, to Frances Elizabeth, eldest daughter of the Rev. J. R. Buckland, B.A., of Hobart Town, Tasmania.2|
|Land-Note*||28 Jan 1886||Mortgagee: Arthur Palmer Blake. Obtained three mortgages from Arthur Palmer BLAKE on 28 Jan 1886, 11 Feb 1887, 21 Dec 1888. They were discharged on 13 Jul 1895. A P Blake was a partner in the firm of solicitors Blake & Riggall, who were acting for the family, including being trustees of Martha's inheritance. It appears that the mortgages were advances against the trust account, and when A P Blake moved to England, the property was re-mortgaged.. Mortgagor was Martha 'Patty' Murchison.3|
|Land-Note*||10 Apr 1888||GEM--A2 and GEM--28 & govt road: Mortgagee: Arthur Palmer Blake. Mortgage 90119. Discharged 24 Nov 1894. Mortgagor was William Thorp Raleigh.4|
|Death*||25 Oct 1917||Weighbridge, Surrey, England.|
|Death-Notice*||3 Nov 1917||BLAKE. -On the 25th October, in England, Arthur Palmer Blake (formerly of Blake and Riggall, Melbourne). By cable.5|
|Death-Notice||3 Nov 1917||BLAKE.— On the 25th October, at "Newlyn," Surrey, England, Arthur Palmer Blake, the beloved father of Arthur J. (Barwon Heads), Charles F. (Warragul), and Geoffrey R. Blake (on active service), aged 80 years.6|
|Death-Notice||27 Dec 1917||BLAKE.— On the 24th October, at Newlyn, Weybridge, Arthur Palmer Blake, late senior partner of the firm of Messrs. Blake and Riggall, of Melbourne, Victoria, solicitors, aged 80 years.|
(Australian papers please copy.)7
|Probate (Will)*||19 Feb 1918||BLAKE Arthur Palmer of Newlyn Weybridge Surrey died 24 October 1917 Probate London 19 February to William Charles Murray solicitor. Effects £64,465 4s.8|
- [S65] Ancestry - various indices, Norfolk Record Office; Norwich, Norfolk, England; Reference: PD 250/4.
- [S14] Newspaper - The Australasian (Melbourne, Vic.), Sat 12 Sep 1868, p27
- [S185] Property Titles ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T Vol 1747 Fol 268 Martha McKenzie, of Kew Widow.
- [S185] Property Titles ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 2001-017 - Mortgage 90119. Discharged 24 Nov 1894.
- [S14] Newspaper - Leader (Melbourne, Vic.), Sat 3 Nov 1917, p55
- [S11] Newspaper - The Argus (Melbourne, Vic.), Sat 3 Nov 1917, p11
- [S11] Newspaper - The Argus (Melbourne, Vic.), Thu 27 Dec 1917, p1
- [S190] Index to Probate Calendar England, viewed at ancestry.com.au, 1858-1966.
- [S83] UK census - viewed on Ancestry "1891 census: Class: RG12; Piece: 32; Folio: 155; Page: 49; GSU roll: 6095142."
- [S83] UK census - viewed on Ancestry "Class: RG13; Piece: 1173; Folio: 23; Page: 1."
- [S83] UK census - viewed on Ancestry "Class: RG14; Piece: 2986; Schedule Number: 175."
- [S14] Newspaper - The Herald (Melbourne, Vic.), Wed 2 Mar 1887, p3
- [S14] Newspaper - The Telegraph, St Kilda, Prahran and South Yarra Guardian (Vic.), Sat 27 Oct 1888, p3
- [S14] Newspaper - Leader (Melbourne, Vic.), Sat 27 May 1899, p13
- [S11] Newspaper - The Argus (Melbourne, Vic.), Wed 17 Nov 1909, p9
- [S16] Newspaper - The Age (Melbourne, Vic.), Mon 23 Jul 1917, p9
- [S14] Newspaper - The Australasian (Melbourne, Vic.), Sat 3 Nov 1917, p35
- [S333] Newspaper (England) - Manchester Evening News (Lancashire), 22 Feb 1918, p2.
- [S334] Newspaper (Scotland) - The Scotsman (Edinburgh, Midlothian), 23 Feb 1918, p6.
- [S14] Newspaper - The Australasian (Melbourne, Vic.), Sat 25 Nov 1922, p40
|Last Edited||18 May 2021|
M, #10863, b. 6 Oct 1844, d. 15 Nov 1922
|Birth*||6 Oct 1844||Rose Cottage, Meals Road, North Somercotes, Lincolnshire, England.1|
|Marriage*||10 Oct 1870|| Spouse: Rebecca Kirby. Manse, Union Street, Richmond, VIC, Australia, #M4340/1870 - as Rebecca BRAITHWAITE.2,3|
|Land-Note*||13 Jul 1895||PAK-66 l/p 1265 (part Lot 10): Mortgagee: William Riggall. Martha obtained a mortgage from Ronald McLachlan & William Riggall. William Riggall was one of the partners of the solicitor firm Blake & Riggall. A P Blake moved to England before 1891 so the property was re-mortgaged. In Martha's probate it is shown that she obtained £1000 against the trust account established by her father, and that Riggall was entering the loan on the title as security. Mortgagor was Martha 'Patty' MacKenzie.4|
|Land-Note*||28 Feb 1901||GEM-D-14 (part): Mortgagee: John Hamilton. And Wilfred Henry Johnston - discharged 29 Apr 1904. Mortgagor was William Riggall.5|
|Land-Note*||16 Feb 1903||GEM--142O.P.Q: Mortgagee: William Riggall. And Elizabeth Ann Munro. Mortgagor was William Henry Care.6|
|Land-Note*||20 Dec 1906||GEM--142P: Mortgagee: William Riggall. And Elizabeth Ann Munro - discharged 17 Mar 1916. Mortgagor was John Hibbert Chew.7|
|Widower||25 Oct 1915||William Riggall became a widower upon the death of his wife Rebecca Kirby.8|
|Death*||15 Nov 1922||Melbourne South, VIC, Australia, #D14088/1922 (Age 79) [par William RIGGALL & Jane HORTON].8|
- [S80] Ancestry - Family Tree, Matthew Coultas - gives birth date and place.
- [S27] Victorian Government. BDM Index Victoria (Marriages) (online).
- [S80] Ancestry - Family Tree, Matthew Coultas - gives marriage date and place.
- [S185] Property Titles ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 1747-268 Martha McKenzie, of Kew, Widow.
- [S185] Property Titles ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 2758-427 - John Hamilton to William Riggall and Wilfred Henry Johnston.
- [S185] Property Titles ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/L 761-005 transferred to C/T 3139-689 - Mortgage No 217156 - William Riggall and Elizabeth Ann Munro - part discharged 27 Nov 1907, other part transferred to subsequent owner (Chew).
- [S185] Property Titles ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 3139-689 / C/T 3171-174 - Mortgage No 217156 - William Riggall and Elizabeth Ann Munro - transferred from W H Care - discharged 17 Mar 1916.
- [S28] Victorian Government. BDM Index Victoria (Deaths) (online).
- [S11] Newspaper - The Argus (Melbourne, Vic.), Thu 4 Sep 1879, p1
- [S11] Newspaper - The Argus (Melbourne, Vic.), Tue 22 Apr 1884, p1
- [S14] Newspaper - The Australasian (Melbourne, Vic.), Sat 25 Nov 1922, p40
|Last Edited||26 Jul 2020|