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Francis Peter Labilliere (1840-­1895), author and imperialist, was born on 13 August 1840 in Melbourne, son of Charles Edgar de Labilliere (d.­1870), of Huguenot descent, and his wife Hannah, n?­e Balle (d.­1880). His parents had migrated in the Westminster to Port Phillip in 1839 and bought the rights of Yallock Vale, a large sheep station near Bacchus Marsh, where his father served as a territorial magistrate; in 1856 he was returning officer for West Bourke at the first parliamentary elections under responsible government. An only son, Francis was tutored by his parents and often travelled with them. His upbringing spanned the years of the pastoral expansion and gold rushes. In 1859 the station was sold and the family returned to England, travelling for some time before settling in Westbourne Square, London. Francis was admitted to the Middle Temple on 7 November 1860, called to the Bar on 6 June 1863 and joined the south-­eastern circuit. On 9 October 1867 at St Saviour's, . . .

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