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Barcroft Boake Barcroft Boake i(A14848 works by) (a.k.a. Barcroft Henry Thomas Boake)
Also writes as: Surcingle ; B. H. B.
Born: Established: 26 Mar 1866 Balmain, Glebe - Leichhardt - Balmain area, Sydney Inner West, Sydney, New South Wales, ; Died: Ceased: 2 May 1892 Long Bay, Malabar, Randwick area, Sydney Eastern Suburbs, Sydney, New South Wales,
Gender: Male
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Boake was the son of an Irish photographer who grew up in Sydney (and for two years in Noumea). After leaving school in 1886, he became a surveyor's field assistant at Adaminaby. He remained in the bush and in 1888 became a station hand at 'Mullah' near Trangie. He went droving in Queensland and New South Wales before returning to surveying work. At the age of twenty six, Boake hung himself. He had been suffering severe depression for a number of months. He was the uncle of Capel Boake, (q.v.)

Most Referenced Works


  • See also the full Australian Dictionary of Biography Online entry for Barcroft Boake
  • A verse play entitled 'Mrs P's Love Potion' was published anonymously but often attributed to Barcroft Boake. W. F. Refshauge argues that this work is almost certainly not by Barcroft Boake. For a discussion of this see his Barcroft Boake: Collected Works, Edited with a Life (2007) 237-239.
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