1818 - 1879




Henry Maxwell Lefroy

Henry was born in 1818 and his father died just five years later. He matriculated at Oxford in 1836 and obtained a B.A. in 1840.


Henry arrived in Fremantle in 1841 and attempted to earn a living from farming but quickly got himself into debt.


The following year (another source says 1843) he set out with Henry Landor on an expedition to explore the area south east of the current site of York. The expedition took 14 days and covered 320 miles.

He returned to England and served in the Royal Navy before coming back to Western Australia in 1854 as Assistant Superintendent of Convicts.

In 1860 he followed the Williams River into the Darling Scarp and in 1863 he led an expedition from York towards the current sites of Bruce Rock and Coolgardie.

The countryside was very dry and at one point the party was without water for 4 days. After 85 days and 950 miles they returned to York. Like others who were to follow in his footsteps, Lefroy was unaware of the gold that he had passed over.


Lefroy was not impressed by some of the country they passed over (near the current town of Kukerin) and wrote:

'the desert has a most repelling appearance, but would be interesting to cross in the proper season which might be done following the river Lefroy in the month of August.'

Henry became Superintendent
of Convicts and retired in 1875. He died on July 18th 1879. (One source says 1878.)



I'm lost please take me home...



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