Arthur Palmer Blake1

#47415, b. 4 March 1837, d. 24 October 1917

Individual's Timeline

Birth4 March 1837Arthur Palmer Blake1
Christening24 March 1837Arthur Palmer Blake1
Marriage1868Arthur Palmer Blake
Death of Father13 March 1871George Blake2
Death24 October 1917Arthur Palmer Blake3
Probate19 February 1918Arthur Palmer Blake

Primary events

Secondary circumstances

  • Occupation: Arthur was a solicitor who was living off private means by 1911. In 1879 he was a partner in the firm of Blake and Rignall, Melbourne (Australia). Whilst in Melbourne Arthur was the President of the Law Institute of Victoria for a time.

Census details

  • In 1851 in East Dereham Arthur Palmer Blake was included in the census schedule of a private school in the care of Joseph THOMPSON a cjergyman who was the Chaplin of the Gressenhamm Workhouse.. He was aged 13 years. The school had 5 servants and 9 pupils all boys aged between 13 and 18.
  • In the census taken on the night of 7th April 1861, Arthur Palmer was the head of the household. The address was Norwich, Lakenham, Norfolk, England.
  • In the census taken on the night of 5th April 1891, Arthur Palmer was the head of the household and Frances was his wife. The address was Newlyn, Oatlands Ave, Oatlands Park, Weybridge, Surrey, England. Their children Katherine, Marion and Geoffrey were living with them, along with 1 visitor who was born in India and 6 servants.
  • In the census taken on the night of 31st March 1901, Arthur Palmer was the head of the household and Frances was his wife. The address was Oatlands Park, Weybridge, England. Their children Katherine, Marion and Geoffrey were living with them, along with 1 visitor who was born in Sydney NSW and 6 servants from a butler down to a kitchen maid.
  • In the census taken on the night of 2nd April 1911, Arthur Palmer was the head of the household. The address was Oatlands Park, Weybridge, England. Married for 42 years, and they had had 7 children, 5 still alive. The house had 20 rooms and 5 servants.
Some aspects of Arthur Palmer Blake's life. 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. A story entitled ' The making of a National Firm appeared in the Lawyer's Weekly 2nd June 2011 -

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 of Blake & Riggall for 114 years after Arthur Palmer Blake joined the partnership with lawyers Robert William Nutt 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 exercise and dropped its Waldron tag to become Blake Dawson.

The top-tier firm now has 170 partners and over 500 lawyers with offices in Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra, Brisbane, Perth and Adelaide. In addition, with recent international expansions including the opening of its Singapore office in 2009 and Tokyo office in 2010, the firm plans to continue its development abroad.

"The Asian region continues to have the most dynamic growth potential of any area in the world," says Blake’s managing partner John Carrington. "Our priority will be continuing to support our clients' business interests in the region and further abroad."

Total staff: 170 partners, over 500: lawyers

Offices: Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Canberra, Perth.

Citations

  1. Free parish registers, online http://www.freereg.org.uk,           Norfolk
    Place     Bramerton
    Church     St Peter
    RegisterNumber     139
    DateOfBirth     04 Mar 1837
    BaptismDate     24 Mar 1837
    Forename     Arthur Palmer
    Sex     M
    FatherForename     George
    MotherForename     Elizabeth
    FatherSurname     BLAKE
    MotherSurname     PALMER
    Abode     Bramerton
    FatherOccupation     
    Notes     
    FileNumber     6487.
  2. British newspapers Nat Lib AU, Births, Deaths, Marriages and Obituaries .
    The Bristol Mercury (Bristol, England), Saturday, March 18, 1871; Issue 4223.
  3. Website Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com) "England & Wales, National Probate Calendar (Index of Wills and Administrations), 1858-1966 about Arthur Palmer Blake
    Name:      Arthur Palmer Blake
    Probate Date:      19 Feb 1918
    Death Date:      24 Oct 1917
    Death Place:      Surrey, England
    Registry:      London, England."