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Sir Walter Synnot Manifold

30 March 1849 (Grassmere near Warrnambool, Victoria, Australia)
15 November 1928
Thomas, pioneer grazier, b. England, and Jane Elizabeth Synnot, b. Ireland

Religion: Church of England

Marital Status: 25 Apr 1885 Fanny Maria Smith

France and Germany, Melbourne Grammar School, Melbourne University


Walter Manifold was the son of Thomas Manifold, a pioneer grazier in the western district of Victoria who had represented Warrnambool in the Legislative Assembly in 1861. He was educated partly in Melbourne and partly in France and Germany and qualified as a solicitor, although he never practised.  He became a grazier, first purchasing Pine Grove West station, near Echuca with his brother James, before part-owning 750 sq. mile Sesbania station in North Queensland with his uncle Peter Manifold from 1876 to 1884, and then Wollaston station near Warrnambool which was later sold for soldier settlement. In 1885 he married Fanny Maria Smith. Manifold was a trustee of the Guardian Assurance Company, a president of the Melbourne Club and from 1923-1928 a member of the Melbourne University Council.  Retired as President in 1923 due to ill health and in early 1924 resigned his seat. He died three years later at Toorak.

HouseElectorateStart End
Legislative CouncilWestern1 June 19011 January 1924Resigned

*The Start date for Members elected after 1900 is the date they were elected. The start date for pre-1900 Members is the date they were sworn in.
Who's Who in Australia 1922-1927; 'International Press Service Association Who's Who' 1922-1929; Victoria, 'Parliamentary Debates' 20 Nov 1928, 2938-40; Melbourne Punch 21 Jan 1904; Argus 16 Nov 1928; Henderson, A. (comp.), 'Early Pioneer Families of Victoria and Riverina...', Melbourne, 1936; Jones, Catherine & Victoria. Parliamentary Library. Library Committee (1986). "Presiding officers of the Victorian Parliament 1856-1986." Victorian Government Printing Office on behalf of the Library Committee, Parliament of Victoria, Melbourne.
Knighted in 1920

Last updated: 28th August 2019