Carlyle Le Gallais

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Carlyle Le Gallais with his father Frank and son Peter

Carlyle Le Gallais (1881-1967) was a prominent businessman, founder member of the National Trust for Jersey and politician.

The second son of Francis Edwin Le Gallais and Amelia Holt, he was born at Glanville, La Chasse, St Helier and educated at Victoria College. He joined the family business F Le Gallais and Sons, which had been founded by his grandfather Richard Le Gallais in 1825.

The business held the Royal Warrant, the first in Jersey to do so, and was infolved in furniture making, warehousing, general furnishing, acutioneering and estate agency work. In 1954, having been elected a Senator six years earlier, and with three years of his term of office still to run, Carlyle Le Gallais was forced to resign from the States to concentrate on the family business, which had suffered two catastrophic fires.

In 1949 the firm's Hilgrove Street warehouse, which was used to store the possessions of hundreds of islanders, including many who had left the island before the Occupation, was destroyed by fire and in 1954 the firm's premises in Bath Street and Minden Place were also gutted in a serious fire.

Carlyle Le Gallais had been an active member and eventually president of the Royal Jersey Agricultural and Horticultural Society, a founder member of the National Trust for Jersey, a director of the Jersey Electricity Company and president of the States Housing Committee.

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