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Binnie, Richard (1854–1917)

from Pastoral Review

Richard Binnie, n.d.

Richard Binnie, n.d.

from Pastoral Review, 16 August 1917

It was with great sorrow we heard of the death of our old friend, Mr. Richard Binnie, who passed away last month in Sydney after a serious illness at the age of 63 years. He was one of three brothers, all well known in pastoral circles, his youngest brother, Charles, being president of the Stockowners' Association of New South Wales.

He was a director of the Bank of New South Wales, the Colonial Sugar Refining Company, and the United Insurance Company. At the time of his death he owned Meranie, in the Singleton district, where he bred draught horses and cattle. A Sydney businessman says of him in the Stock Journal:—"After 35 years' acquaintance my appreciation was always an increasing quantity. No one could have a better or truer friend. He was as hard as a diamond for what was right and good, but soft as silk where sympathy was needed. As an adviser on general matters he was unique, being a man gifted with great brain power, a keen observer, and with wonderful balance. His advice so often sought was always reliable, and in addition he was one who would readily inconvenience himself to oblige another. He was a strong link with the past when good sterling men were more numerous than in these stressful and maybe degenerate days. He was a genuine hero worshipper, and therefore intensely patriotic. A gentleman to his finger tips and one could surely say he was 'one of God's good men.' "

One might well write his epitaph thus in the well-known words : —

"Noble he was, condemning all things mean;
His truth unquestioned, his soul serene."

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'Binnie, Richard (1854–1917)', Obituaries Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University, http://oa.anu.edu.au/obituary/binnie-richard-108/text109, accessed 26 August 2019.

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