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George Compton

George Spencer Compton (1833-1888) was Clerk of Court at Fremantle from 1874 until his death in 1888. He was also a noted musician, conducting concerts in Perth and Fremantle. His daughter Kate, b. 1862, married (1879) Leonard Clifton (aka Charles Leonard Worsley Clifton b. 1854, son of Charles Hippuff Clifton). The family of G.S. Compton first lived at WillowBank Cottage in Cantonment Street, then at Cliff Street, ending up at Henry Street.

George's son Edward married Agnes Mitchell who was the daughter of Isa Izon, eldest daughter of Wallace Bickley.

George's brother Charles Henry Compton (1829-1883) was in Perth in the 1870s, when he was organist and choirmaster at St George's Cathedral. He went to SA in 1878, returning 1881, when he directed performances of HMS Pinafore.

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COMPTON, George Spencer, b. 1833 (England) d. 13.9.1888 (Frem), son of Henry (England). Arr. from Vic. c.1869, m. Elizabeth. Chd. Kate b. 1862, Louise Maud b. 1865 (Vic), Edward Alfred Frederick b. 1867 (Vic), Edith Jane, Cecil Ernest b. 1869 (Perth C/E), Charles Henry Spencer b. 1871 d. 1871. Worked first for Benjamin Mason, then as an importer & comm. agent. Accountant Perth (1870 AIm); Clerk to Magistrate Frem. 1874-1888. Leader in musical circles - conductor of "Minstrels of the West" during the whole period of their existence 1872-. Also presented in 1886 the first performance in W.A. of Mandel's Messiah by Perth Musical Union.

COMPTON, Edward Alfred Frederick, b. 19.11.1867 (Vic) d. 1.5.1930, son of George Spencer & Elizabeth, m. 1890 Agnes Maria MITCHELL b. 18.9.1865 d. 22.9.1951, dtr. of William Owen & Isa Izon (nee Bickley). Chd. George Spencer b. 1891 d. 1971, Agnes Isa b. 1892, Winnifred b. 1893, Annie Bickley b. 1896, Jessie Fredericka b. 1897, Alfred Alwyn Ormuz b. 1900. Frem., surveyor's assistant (1887- 1888 Alm). Mining Registrar at Yilgarn (Govt. Gazette 1888-1890) & Town Clerk 1892. Sec. of Anglican Church Committee; Warden at Coolgardie c.1894. Resigned from Mines Dept. 1910. To Guildford. Capt. of Volunteers. Served in World War I Egypt, England & France.

Mitchell Peter 2022, 'George Spencer Compton : contractor, business proprietor, civil servant, musician & conductor in Western Australia from 1869 to 1888', trove.

Kate Clifton's reminiscences were read to the W.A. Historical Society by her son, Mr. Harold Clifton, on 26th July, 1946, and published in its journal: Mrs K. Clifton 1946, 'Reminiscences of Mrs. K. Clifton'Early Days, Vol. 3 Part 8: 39-42.

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