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John Henry Boyer Warner, 2 September 1849 – 12 April 1891

JHB as he was known is remembered locally for selecting ‘Quorn’ as the name for a small township in South Australia. In this article we take a look at the life of John whose family moved into Quorn Hall in 1855. His father Mr. Edward Warner was a partner in the very successful Loughborough firm of Cartwright and Warner.
During his undergraduateship John paid visits to Egypt, Syria, Palestine, and the Indian Empire. After university he travelled the world working in government posts and travelling in the colonies. He stood as a Conservative candidate several times but failed to be elected. He promoted the Imperial Federation whose aim was to create a federal union to replace the existing British Empire.

John made several attempts to enter parliament as a Conservative candidate but was not successful. One of the constituencies he stood for election in was the Borough of Hastings in Kent. After the election he wrote a series of letters detailing his travels and observations that were published in the Hastings and St Leonards Observer. These letters are fascinating accounts of his journeys including his views on politics, colonisation, slavery, the Zula wars, etc.
This article takes a closer look at the life of this interesting person. It has been pieced together from newspaper articles, websites and from the book ‘The Ubiquitous Warner Family of Loughborough’ by D.E.Hewitt.

• The aim was to transcribe the letters verbatim from the originals as posted therefore, what appear as spelling, grammar, and punctuation errors are as printed at the time. That is not to say that no typing errors occurred in the transcription but hopefully these are minimal.

• Some people may find some of the views expressed in the letters upsetting as they may not accord with modern day opinions and views. They do however, present an honest insight into the life in the colonial world in the nineteenth century.

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 Submitted on: 2021-06-14
 Submitted by: Dennis Marchant
 Artefact ID: 2451
 Artefact URL: www.quornmuseum.com/display.php?id=2451

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