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 1868BLAKE—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 1917BLAKE. -On the 25th October, in England, Arthur Palmer Blake (formerly of Blake and Riggall, Melbourne). By cable.5 
Death-Notice3 Nov 1917BLAKE.— 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-Notice27 Dec 1917BLAKE.— 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 

Electoral Rolls (Australia) and Census (UK/IRL)

DateAddressOccupation and other people at same address
5 Apr 189125 Ashburn Place, Kensington, London, EnglandHead of Household: Arthur Palmer Blake. Age 54 - own means. With wife Frances (born Tas - age 47) and two children Katherine (18 born VIC) and Charles (15 born VIC)
Member(s) of Household: Frances Elizabeth Blake, Katherine Frances Blake, Charles Frederick Blake.9
31 Mar 19014 Sunbury Parade, Sunbury, Middlesex, EnglandHead of Household: Arthur Palmer Blake. Age 64 - Retired Solicitor. With wife Frances and children Katherine, Marion & Geoffrey
Member(s) of Household: Frances Elizabeth Blake, Katherine Frances Blake, Marion Blake, Geoffrey Keith Blake.10
2 Apr 1911Newlyn, Weybridge, Surrey, EnglandHead of Household: Arthur Palmer Blake. Age 74 - Private Means. With wife Frances, married 42 years, 7 children born 2 died
Member(s) of Household: Frances Elizabeth Blake.11

Newspaper-Articles

  • 2 Mar 1887: The meeting of the Articled Clerks' Law Debating Society was held at the Victoria Coffee Palace, Collins street, on Monday evening. There was a large attendance of members present ; A. P. Blake, Esq. solicitor, president, in the chair. The hon. secretary (Mr C. E. Gardiner) read the rules and regulations of the society, which, after an animated discussion, were adopted. Letters were read by the hon. secretary from the Chief Justice, Messrs G. W. Butler and T. P. Derham, solicitors wishing the society the success it deserved. A vote of thanks to the president for presiding terminated the proceedings.12
  • 27 Oct 1888: THIS DAY, At Three o'Clock, On the Ground.
    CAULFIELD HEIGHTS ESTATE.
    CAULFIELD HEIGHTS.
    CAULFIELD.
    Convenient to Station.
    The projected Tramcars will run right past the Property
    61 NOBLE ALLOTMENTS 61
    Extensive Frontages to
    NEERIM-ROAD,
    KAMBROOK-ROAD,
    BREMERTON-ROAD
    MAXWELL-GROVE,
    BLAKE-STREET,
    WILLIAM-STREET,
    unsurpassed for VILLA and MANSION SITES.
    Such an Opportunity of acquiring Beautiful Villa Sites in this favourite locality will never occur again.
    The GREATEST and MOST IMPORTANT SALE EVER HELD IN CAULFIELD.
    The Greatest and Most Important Sale ever held in Caulfield.
    Lately the Property of A. P. Blake, Esq.
    Commanding Views.
    Splendid Locality.
    Gentlemen desirous of Purchasing Charming Sites for Villa Residences in a High-class Neighbourhood cannot do better than Attend the Sale of the
    CAULFIELD HEIGHTS ESTATE.
    The Land is Subdivided with Careful Attention,
    To Prevent the Estate being Crowded Out
    With Small Cottages.
    The Smallest Allotment is 50ft. by 150ft.
    Affording ample space for the erection of First-class Villas.
    The Roads are 50ft. wide.
    The ALLOTMENTS Fronting the MAIN ROADS
    Are Splendidly Adapted for
    SHOP and BUSINESS PURPOSES,
    For as Building Progresses in The Neighbourhood
    A Capital Opening will be afforded
    For the Erection of BUSINESS PREMISES.
    PLANS and PASSES
    Can be obtained from the Auctioneers.
    TERMS: 10 Per Cent. Cash ; Balance 3, 6, 2, 12, 15, and 18 Months, bearing Interest at the Rate of 6 Per Cent. per Annum.
    GEMMELL, TUCKETT, & Co., auctioneers, 49 Collins-street west;
    HAMILL and FORRESTER, Flinders street, And WILLDER and GRIFFITHS, Collins-street.
    Auctioneers in Conjunction.
    Remember the Caulfield Heights Estate.
    DRAGS Will meet Traint at Caulfield;
    At Three o'Clock, on the Ground.13
  • 27 May 1899: Clearances May 23: Rome, R.M.S. 5515, John Cowie, for
    London via ports.. Passengers—saloon: For London — Mr. A. P. Blake....14
  • 17 Nov 1909: Death of daughter: EVANS. - On the 14th October, at Cardigan, Wales, Katherine, wife of J. Picton Evans, and eldest surviving daughter of Arthur Palmer Blake.15
  • 23 Jul 1917: Dalgety and Co. Limited is advised by cable from its head office in London that Mr. Arthur Palmer Blake, who has been on the London board of directors of that company since 1892, has resigned on account of failing health. Lieut.-Colonel the Hon. Sir Arthur Lawley, G.C.S.I., G.C.I.E., K.C.M.G., has been elected to fill the vacancy caused by Mr. Blake's retirement.16
  • 3 Nov 1917: Cable advices have been received of the death in England on October 25 of Arthur Palmer Blake, who was for many years the senior partner in the firm of Blake and Riggall, solicitors, Melbourne. He retired from practice many years ago, and lived in England, where he was a director of the Union Bank of Australia, Dalgety Co. Ltd., and the Australian Agricultural Company.17
  • 22 Feb 1918: Mr Arthur Palmer Blake, aged 80, of Weybridge, Surrey, a director of the Union Bank of Australia, Ltd., left £64,465.18
  • 23 Feb 1918: Mr Arthur Palmer Blake, aged 80, of Weybridge, Surrey, a director of Australian companies. Property in England £64,465.19
  • 25 Nov 1922: DEATH OF MR. W. RIGGALL
    Mr. William Riggall's high standing in his profession, and his intimate, and long connection with many business interests and public activities, had given him a position of prominence such as few citizens enjoy, and it was these circumstances which made the regret at his death last week most deeply felt.
    Mr. Riggall, who was in his eightieth year, was born in Lincoln, England, and in 1854, when he was aged 12 years, came out to Tasmania to his uncle, Captain Horton Riggall, the founder of Horton College, Ross. He was educated at that college, and eight years afterwards came over to Melbourne, intending to enter upon a legal career. He was articled in 1862 to Mr. R. W. Nutt, who, at that time, carried on the practice founded by Messrs. Ross and Clarke in the early fifties. Later Mr. Nutt took into partnership Mr. A. P. Blake and Mr. A. Seddon. The firm, as thus constituted, continued until 1874, when Mr. Nutt retired. Mr. Seddon had retired in the meantime, and Mr. Blake took Mr. Riggall into partnership. The firm then became Blake and Riggall, and has retained that title to the present day. On the retirement of Mr. Blake in 1888, Mr. Riggall became the senior partner. There have been some changes in the meantime in the partnership, and the present members of the firm are Mr. L. K. S. Mackinnon, Mr. F. P. Brett. Mr. E. W. Outhwaite. Mr. John Turnbull, and Lieut.-Colonel Harold W. Riggall, C.M.G., who had a distinguished record in the Great War. William Riggall20

Citations

  1. [S65] Ancestry - various indices, Norfolk Record Office; Norwich, Norfolk, England; Reference: PD 250/4.
  2. [S14] Newspaper - The Australasian (Melbourne, Vic.), Sat 12 Sep 1868, p27
    http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article138058266
  3. [S185] Property Titles ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T Vol 1747 Fol 268 Martha McKenzie, of Kew Widow.
  4. [S185] Property Titles ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 2001-017 - Mortgage 90119. Discharged 24 Nov 1894.
  5. [S14] Newspaper - Leader (Melbourne, Vic.), Sat 3 Nov 1917, p55
    http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article90859061
  6. [S11] Newspaper - The Argus (Melbourne, Vic.), Sat 3 Nov 1917, p11
    http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article1660845
  7. [S11] Newspaper - The Argus (Melbourne, Vic.), Thu 27 Dec 1917, p1
    http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article1671298
  8. [S190] Index to Probate Calendar England, viewed at ancestry.com.au, 1858-1966.
  9. [S83] UK census - viewed on Ancestry "1891 census: Class: RG12; Piece: 32; Folio: 155; Page: 49; GSU roll: 6095142."
  10. [S83] UK census - viewed on Ancestry "Class: RG13; Piece: 1173; Folio: 23; Page: 1."
  11. [S83] UK census - viewed on Ancestry "Class: RG14; Piece: 2986; Schedule Number: 175."
  12. [S14] Newspaper - The Herald (Melbourne, Vic.), Wed 2 Mar 1887, p3
    http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article241227192
  13. [S14] Newspaper - The Telegraph, St Kilda, Prahran and South Yarra Guardian (Vic.), Sat 27 Oct 1888, p3
    http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article107814979
  14. [S14] Newspaper - Leader (Melbourne, Vic.), Sat 27 May 1899, p13
    http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article196516662
  15. [S11] Newspaper - The Argus (Melbourne, Vic.), Wed 17 Nov 1909, p9
    http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article10748094
  16. [S16] Newspaper - The Age (Melbourne, Vic.), Mon 23 Jul 1917, p9
    http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article155154019
  17. [S14] Newspaper - The Australasian (Melbourne, Vic.), Sat 3 Nov 1917, p35
    http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article140196945
  18. [S333] Newspaper (England) - Manchester Evening News (Lancashire), 22 Feb 1918, p2.
  19. [S334] Newspaper (Scotland) - The Scotsman (Edinburgh, Midlothian), 23 Feb 1918, p6.
  20. [S14] Newspaper - The Australasian (Melbourne, Vic.), Sat 25 Nov 1922, p40
    http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article140788489
Last Edited18 May 2021

William Riggall

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 
Widower25 Oct 1915William 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 

Newspaper-Articles

  • 4 Sep 1879: BRAITHWAITE.—On the 23rd June on board the ship Rodney on her voyage from Adelaide to London, of consumption, Oscar Braithwaite beloved and only son of Mrs. W Riggall, Melbourne, in his 19th year. Rebecca Kirby9
  • 22 Apr 1884: RIGGALL.—On the 13th inst at The Avenue, Windsor, the wife of W. Riggall of a daughter (prematurely). Rebecca Kirby10
  • 25 Nov 1922: DEATH OF MR. W. RIGGALL
    Mr. William Riggall's high standing in his profession, and his intimate, and long connection with many business interests and public activities, had given him a position of prominence such as few citizens enjoy, and it was these circumstances which made the regret at his death last week most deeply felt.
    Mr. Riggall, who was in his eightieth year, was born in Lincoln, England, and in 1854, when he was aged 12 years, came out to Tasmania to his uncle, Captain Horton Riggall, the founder of Horton College, Ross. He was educated at that college, and eight years afterwards came over to Melbourne, intending to enter upon a legal career. He was articled in 1862 to Mr. R. W. Nutt, who, at that time, carried on the practice founded by Messrs. Ross and Clarke in the early fifties. Later Mr. Nutt took into partnership Mr. A. P. Blake and Mr. A. Seddon. The firm, as thus constituted, continued until 1874, when Mr. Nutt retired. Mr. Seddon had retired in the meantime, and Mr. Blake took Mr. Riggall into partnership. The firm then became Blake and Riggall, and has retained that title to the present day. On the retirement of Mr. Blake in 1888, Mr. Riggall became the senior partner. There have been some changes in the meantime in the partnership, and the present members of the firm are Mr. L. K. S. Mackinnon, Mr. F. P. Brett. Mr. E. W. Outhwaite. Mr. John Turnbull, and Lieut.-Colonel Harold W. Riggall, C.M.G., who had a distinguished record in the Great War. Arthur Palmer Blake11

Citations

  1. [S80] Ancestry - Family Tree, Matthew Coultas - gives birth date and place.
  2. [S27] Victorian Government. BDM Index Victoria (Marriages) (online).
  3. [S80] Ancestry - Family Tree, Matthew Coultas - gives marriage date and place.
  4. [S185] Property Titles ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 1747-268 Martha McKenzie, of Kew, Widow.
  5. [S185] Property Titles ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 2758-427 - John Hamilton to William Riggall and Wilfred Henry Johnston.
  6. [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).
  7. [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.
  8. [S28] Victorian Government. BDM Index Victoria (Deaths) (online).
  9. [S11] Newspaper - The Argus (Melbourne, Vic.), Thu 4 Sep 1879, p1
    http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article5954937
  10. [S11] Newspaper - The Argus (Melbourne, Vic.), Tue 22 Apr 1884, p1
    http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article6047931
  11. [S14] Newspaper - The Australasian (Melbourne, Vic.), Sat 25 Nov 1922, p40
    http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article140788489
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