The Dictionary of Australasian Biography/Musgrove, Alexander William
Musgrove, Alexander William, J.P., was engaged for some years in commercial pursuits in the West Indies, and arrived in Victoria about 1848. He became a clerk in the department of Trade and Customs in 1851, and was appointed collector of customs at Warrnambool in 1858. In 1877 he was removed to Melbourne as receiver, and in 1880 was promoted to the position of Chief Clerk, and to that of Permanent Head (acting) in 1883. He was made Secretary of Trade and Customs, and Collector of Customs, Melbourne, in the first division of the public service, in 1884. Mr. Musgrove was a justice of the peace for the central bailiwick, and P.D.G.M. of the Victorian constitution of Freemasons. Mr. Musgrove figured as ex-officio defendant in the Chinese exclusion case, which was heard on appeal before the Privy Council in 1890. He died in Oct. 1891.