Wakeford, Henry
After a controversial career as clerk to the Executive and Legislative Councils in Perth, Henry Wakeford, whose motives and attitudes were often questioned, served as A. E. Kennedy's private secretary in Western Australia.1 Wakeford was nominated by Kennedy in June of 1864 to be the new Acting Colonial Secretary of the Vancouver Island colony during William Alexander George Young's absence.2 Wakeford, married to a daughter of Sir Henry Bishop, was considered an ambitious and pretentious man who considered himself part of the Government House ‘circle'.3 Upon hearing of his appointment as Acting Colonial Secretary for Vancouver Island, colonials in Perth questioned his loyalty and commitment to his position in Australia.4
As expressed in several despatches and minutes by CO staff, the personal relationship between Kennedy and Wakeford was a cause for concern.5 Some officials noted that the mens' personal history could have been indicative of a friendship, which would call the professional legitimacy of Wakeford's nomination into question.6 Minutes from CO staff suggest that it would have been a different matter had Wakeford been from the colony.7 Cardwell and his staff noted their suspicion of Kennedy and Wakeford, and their involvement in Young's leave of absence, but nothing was ever concluded nor articulated beyond their private notes.
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