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Austin, Ernest Gardner (1867–1941)

Thrown heavily when his horse stumbled while he was mustering cattle on his Borriyalloak property, near Skipton, on Friday, Mr Ernest Gardner Austin, 74, well-known pastoralist, received injuries from which he died on Sunday afternoon. Second son of the late Mr Albert Austin, a Somerset man, who, in partnership with Thomas Millear, sen., established at Wanganella one of the world's greatest stud sheep stations nearly 60 years ago.

Mr Austin had lived for many years at Eilyer and Wanganella. He was born at Eilyer Station on June 1, 1867, and was educated at Melbourne Grammar School, where with his four brothers he laid the foundation of one of the greatest public school family traditions in Australia. Of the 29 Old Melburnian Austins most have family ties with these brothers, and the fourth generation is attending the school today.

Mr Austin had been a member of Hampden Shire Council, and played with Lismore polo team for many years He married a daughter of Mr W. D. Macpherson, of Neerin Neerin, and leaves three sons and a daughter.

As a bird lover and naturalist he was well known. Mr Harry L. Austin, of Eli Elwah Station, Hay, and Mr Albert S. Austin, a director of Australian Mercantile, Land and Finance Co., are his brothers. Two other brothers, Mr Frank S. Austin, of Toorak, and Mr Arthur John Austin, of Murgha, predeceased him.

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'Austin, Ernest Gardner (1867–1941)', Obituaries Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University, http://oa.anu.edu.au/obituary/austin-ernest-gardner-1523/text1529, accessed 23 September 2019.

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