Hamersley, Alfred St. George

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Hamersley, Alfred St. George

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8 October 1848 – 25 February 1929

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Alfred St. George Hamersley (8 October 1848 – 25 February 1929) was a solicitor, entrepreneur, and English Rugby Union international. He was born in Great Haseley, Oxfordshire and educated at Marlborough College and the Royal Military Academy, Woolwich.
He became a barrister in London before emigrating to New Zealand where he married Isabella Snow. They had seven children together. For 15 years he practiced law in South Canterbury, New Zealand, where he also served in the military and promoted the sport of Rugby.
He and his family moved to Vancouver in 1888 where he was credited with becoming the city’s first solicitor. He was legal advisor to the Vancouver City Corporation and was active in local business and athletics. In Vancouver, Hamersley became involved in real-estate investments, significantly buying and subdividing the land that came to be occupied by the city of North Vancouver. He also owned shares in several mining companies in British Columbia, most notably the Vermilion Forks Mining and Development Company.
In 1905 Hamersley retired to Oxfordshire, England, where his electioneering activities for the Conservative and Unionist parties made him a well known figure. In 1910 he was elected as the Unionist MP for Mid Oxfordshire, Woodstock, and served in this position until 1918. He continued to be involved in the Rugby community and helped to establish the Oxfordshire Nomads Rugby Union Football Club. During the First World War he formed a heavy battery unit, but gave the command of it over to a younger man when it was drafted overseas. He continued to support the Oxfordshire Heavy Batteries, advocating for a memorial that was eventually erected to commemorate their service.
Hamersley spent his final years in Bournemouth, where he passed away on 25 February, 1929.

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