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The Dictionary of Australasian Biography/Standish, Captain Charles Frederick

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Standish, Captain Charles Frederick, sometime Chief Commissioner of Police in Victoria, was the son of the late Charles Standish, of Standish Hall, Wigan, Lancashire, where he was born in 1824. He was educated at Prior Park College, and then entered the Royal Military Academy, Woolwich. He subsequently obtained a commission in the Royal Artillery, in which he served for nine years, and retired with the rank of captain. He went to Victoria in 1852, and in 1854 was appointed assistant Commissioner of Goldfields at Sandhurst, and in 1858 Chinese Protector. On the resignation of Sir Charles Macmahon he was made Chief Commissioner of the Police. This post he resigned in 1880. Captain Standish in 1861 was installed District Grand Master of the Freemasons of Victoria, English constitution. He died on March 19th, 1883.