Hobart, Tasmania on 28 January 1846 one of eight children of Alexander
Bruford (1800-61) and Eliza Harris née Jacquemain (1814-76). After
his education at Geelong Grammar School (1858-59), Bruford joined the
Customs Department (1865-95) beginning a lifelong career with the Victorian
public service. Thirty years later he had risen to the position of Deputy
Commissioner of Taxes (1895-1911) and was prominent in the financial aspects
of Federation and served on various Boards and Commissions. In June 1903,
Bruford was appointed chairman of the royal commission “to report on and
classify the public service of Western Australia”. He later succeeded James
Reid as Auditor-General of Victoria (1903-19), and as an amateur painter of
some merit was a life member and president of the Victorian Artists’ Society
(1910-11); one such painting “Bridge at Seymour, Victoria” (1883)
(“the foreground road and bridge lead the observer’s eye through the
naturalistically rendered gum trees towards the distant mountains”) was
compared with the works of Louis Buvelot (1814-88, Boroondara
Cemetery) for the “use of pale lighting and warm green and brown tones”.
Residing at Camelot - 51 Armadale Street, Armadale, Bruford died on
10 December 1920 aged 75 predeceased by his wife Sarah née Stewart
whom he married in February 1876 and bore him five children; a still born
daughter (b 1877), Frederick (1878-1929; married Mildred née Bews,
1909), Myra (b 1880; married Frederick (Fred) William Kitchen, managing
director of Kitchen's soap - Lever & Kitchen), Effie (1881-1937) and Margery
(b 1889; married Victor Carr).
(above) “Old mill at
Hobart” by F. Bruford
(By permission of the
Library of Australia, nla.pic-an2310301)
The Argus 11 December 1920.
Corfield, J & Persse, M., “Geelong
Grammarians. A Biographical Register Vol I 1855-1913” (1996).
McCulloch, A., “The Encyclopedia of
Australian Art” (1994).
“F. H. Bruford, Australia (1846-1920) -
Victorian Auditor-General’s Office -
Information supplied from Tony Kitchen by
email 30 Jan 2008.
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