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George Clifton (1823-1913) was the sixth son of Marshall Waller Clifton and his wife Elinor (née BELL). In 1841 Marshall Clifton was Chief Commissioner for the settlement at Australind. Some of his children came with him, but George was already in the Royal Navy, in which he had enrolled as a cadet aged 14. He was injured in the Syrian War at 19, invalided home to England, and discharged in 1842. He came to the Swan River Colony in 1843 per Madras. In Perth in 1853 he married Eliza Naylor Roe (1834-1925), the third daughter of John Septimus Roe and his wife Matilda, who bore fourteen children.
He was appointed superintendent of the Water Police in January 1851, and carried out his duties in that post with 'zeal' (as official records said more than once) for thirteen years, until he was granted leave of absence in January 1864.
Returning to England, he became the Assistant and then Governor of Portland Prison and Dartmoor, in which capacity he continued for nineteen years, and was seen a reformer of the penitentiary system.
CLIFTON, George, b. 1823 (London), d. 12.8. 1913 (England), 6th son of Marshall W. & Elinor. arr. 3.8.1843 per Madras, dep. 10.1.1864 with family per Robert Morrison, m. 10. 2.1853 (Perth) Eliza Naylor ROE b. 1834 d. 3.5.1925 (England), 3rd dtr. of John Septimus & Matilda. Chd. Elinor Matilda b. 1854 (Frem) d. 1884 (London), Laura Eliza Josephine b. 1856 (Frem) d. 1920, Agnea Flora Isabel b. 1858 d. 1942, Mary Louisa Alberta b. 1860 d. 1928, George Arthur Algernon b. 1861 d. 1945, Edmund Yeamans b. 1862 d. 1922, Charles Edward Ernest b. 1863 d. 1912, Rachel Caroline Victoria b. 1868 d. London, Marshall Waller b. 1871 d. 1871 (Portland), Robert Henry b. 1873 d. 1953, Ada Florence Rosalie b. 1877 d. 1948, William Alvared Roe b. 1878 & 2 dtrs Amy & Sophia. Lt. served in Royal Navy. wounded &invalided home, discharged 11.1842. Supt of Water Police 1.1851 at Fremantle. After 1863 recalled to England. Gov. of Portland Prison & Dartmoor. Employed a T/L man 1862 at Australind. C/E.
Bray, F. I. 1936, 'George Clifton, 1829-1913', Early Days, Vol. 2, Part 20: 1-25.
Cameron, J.M.R. & Phyllis Barnes 2017, The Australind Journals of Marshall Waller Clifton 1840-1861, Hesperian Press.
McKeough, Michelle 2000, Rescues, Rogues and Rough Seas: 150 years of Water Police in Western Australia, WA Water Police, Fremantle: 12-25. The images are from the book– the attribution there thanks Jenny Davis. So do I.
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