PORTRAIT OF THE
Willian Mountford Kinsey Vale, was born 10 August 1833, and died from Bright's disease at Collingwood on 23 October 1895. He is buried in St. Kilda Cemetery. He had a very successful career in politics, holding the seats of Ballarat West, Collingwood and Fitzroy, at various times of his life.
At his funeral a small black booklet was given to those attending, written by R.R. and re-printed from a Ballarat Paper, October 1895. This was AN APPRECIATION : THE LATE Hon. William M.K.Vale, and it told of Vale's early years in the political arena of Ballarat. Further references to W.M.K.Vale, and his brother, Richard Tayler Vale, who was also a politician in Ballarat West, can be found in The History of Ballarat: From the First Pastoral Settlement to the Present Time by William Bramwell Withers, Ballarat, F.W.Niven, 1887; and in Lucky City: The First Generation at Ballarat, 1851-1901 by Weston Bate, Carlton South, Melbourne University Press, 1978. He is also referred to in all other major histories of Ballarat, as well as early histories of Collingwood.
Vale was also a land speculator, in areas such as Mount Eliza, and Mornington, and lost his fortune in the land boom crash of the early 1890's.
Joy E.Parnaby, in
her Australian Dictionary of Biography entry on W.M.K.Vale, noted
that Alfred Deakin, described him as
Arthur Streeton - Above Us The Great Grave Sky, 1890