(Jack) Kingsbury ‘King’ Baillieu

(Jack) Kingsbury ‘King’ Baillieu (1900-26)

Estate Agent

Location: CofE*V*243

A member of the prominent Melbourne establishment family, Kingsbury was born on 29 September 1900 the son of Arthur Sydney (1872-1943), estate agent and his wife Ethel Mary née Ham (1875-1932) who married in 1899; among the many legends of the Baillieus, it was a tradition to “regard loyalty to the family as the highest duty of all”.  

Educated at Melbourne Church of England (Boys’) Grammar (1913-18), Baillieu worked for a period with the “English, Scottish and Australasian Bank” before becoming a director of “Baillieu Allard (q.v.) Pty Ltd”, originally known as “WL Baillieu & Co”, founded in 1892 by his legendary uncle William Lawrence (1859-1936); in 1904 the firm was given to Kingsbury’s father to manage so WL could go onto achieve greater things.  

Residing at Kinniel – Grange Road, Toorak, in February 1924 he married Grace née Lavers (“a well-known musical comedy actress”) and died on 21 April 1926 from pneumonia after an illness lasting four days; of his three siblings, (Lelda) Sunday (1906-81) went on to become well-known as a patron of modern artists such as Albert Tucker (q.v.) through the creation of Heide (1935-81) with husband John Reed.  

Obituaries of the day noted Baillieu “was at the threshold of a promising and useful career” and “especially among the younger set in Melbourne, will miss [his] bright personality and kindly nature”; a keen sportsman it was reported that he entertained at his home in 1925 the English cricketer JB Hobbs.

The Argus 22 April 1926.
The Age 22 April 1926.
The Herald 21 April 1926.
“Liber Melburniensis”, Centenary Edition (1965).
ADB Volume 7 1891-1939 (A-Ch).
Corfield, J, Wickham, D & Gervasoni, C., “The Eureka Encyclopaedia” (2004).