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John Woodcock Graves (the Younger) (Solicitor)
Agency Number:
Start Date:
01 Jan 1829
End Date:
30 Oct 1876
John Woodcock Graves the Younger was the eldest son of John Woodcock Graves (1795 - 1886) who was renown as the composer of the old hunting song 'D'ye Ken John Peel', and arrived in Van Diemen's Land with his parents as one of their six children aboard the 'Strathfieldsay' in 1834.

John jnr became a sucessful solicitor and barrister in Hobart and lived at 'Caldew' in Cavell Street, West Hobart. His obituary appeared in the Mercury 31 Oct 1876 after his sudden death at the age of 47 years from conjestion of the lungs. He was buried at Cornelian Bay. 

He was described as a learned, genial and eccentric barrister; widely known and generous; and a sportsman and ardent lover of animals, particularly dogs. He was passionaltely fond of greyhounds and bred some of the finest dogs in the colony. As secretary of the later defunct Acclimatisation Society, he had fought to prevent the extermination of many native animals. This interest was reflected in his talent and habit for sketching dogs and kangaroos. 

He took a great interest in the aborigines of the colony and denounced the actions of early settlers that had led to such extermination of their numbers. He was a pall bearer at William Lanne's funeral and was a friend and protector of Trucannini. His portrait taken with her is well known and much reproduced. 

Information Sources:
Australian Dictionary of Biography Online edition - entry for John Woodcock Graves, senior;;;;Mercury 31 October 1876 p2 - obituary for John Woodcock Graves the Younger
Functions Performed:
Tasmanian businesses
Series Created By Agency:
NS309 Letterbook of John Woodcock Graves (the Younger)28 Nov 185631 Aug 1860