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Archer, Basil (1841–1923)

Basil Archer, n.d.

Basil Archer, n.d.

from Pastoral Review, 16 July 1923

The death of Mr. Basil Archer, of Woodside, Cressy, Tasmania, from heart failure while on a visit to Adelaide removes a prominent figure from agricultural and pastoral circles in Tasmania. The late Mr. Archer was born in 1841 at Northbury, Longford, where he went to school, and after finishing his education he settled at Woodside. He lived in the district in which he was born for over eighty years. In his early years he held Woodside in partnership with his brother Daniel, but afterwards bought out his brother's interest. He also acquired other properties, including Iveridge, Melrose and Inglewood estates. Mr. Archer did not specialise to any extent in stud stock breeding, but he engaged largely in pastoral and agricultural pursuits, and was recognised as a very sound man in both these branches, so much so that his advice was often sought by others and freely given. For twenty-five years he took part in local government affairs, and for a time he was a member of the House of Assembly. He was also a preacher in the Methodist Church for fifty-two years. Mr. Archer leaves a widow and two sons and two daughters.

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