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Austin, James (1810–1896)

A cable message received from London yesterday announces the death of Mr. James Austin, uncle of Mr. Sidney Austin, M.L.C., and father of Mr. Frank Austin, proprietor of the Avalon estate, between Little River and Lara. With his parents, four brothers, and sister, the late Mr. James Austin arrived in Tasmania in 1835 and in 1839 he came with his brother, Mr. Thomas Austin, to Geelong and settled on the estate now known as Barwon Park, in the Winchelsea district. After selling his interest in that estate he speculated in other station property, and returned to Geelong, where he remained for many years. He was elected a member of the first council for the town of Geelong in 1850, became its second mayor in 1851, and left the colony for England in 1853. He settled in Glastonbury, and afterwards acquired the Glastonbury Abbey Estate, where he has resided ever since. He revisited Victoria in 1860, and again in 1899, but, although away from the colony, he has ever shown his sympathies with Victoria, taking a particular interest in the welfare and development of the Geelong district, retaining his Yeo and Avalon estates. The deceased gentleman leaves three sons and four daughters; two of his family, Mrs. William Hose Bullivant, of Yeo, near Colac, and Mr. Frank Austin, of Avalon, being still residents of the Geelong district. At the various wool warehouses the flags were flying at half-mast and a similar mark of respect for his memory was exhibited by the corporation flag being kept floating at half-mast from the flagstaff in Johnstone Park.

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'Austin, James (1810–1896)', Obituaries Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University, http://oa.anu.edu.au/obituary/austin-james-1520/text1526, accessed 21 August 2019.

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