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Bodey, James (1844–1933)

The late Mr. James Bodey, a pioneer Mount Gambler resident, was born in county Wicklow, Ireland, in April, 1844. When nine years old he left for Australia with his parents in the sailing vessel Marshal Bennett. The family first went to Woodside, where they lived for several years before leaving for Mt. Gambier. Mr. Bodey was one of the earliest settlers of the Wimmera, where he was wheat growing and stockraising for 40 years, specialising in draught horses. He won many honors in the show-ring, and his horses always commanded high prices. He judged at important shows. Mr. Bodey was twice married. By his first wife, Miss Annie Harris, he had a family of five sons and four daughters. Those surviving are Messrs. O. E. Bodey (Mount Gambier) and Walter Bodey (Western Australia), Mesdames D. Cunningham (Warracknabeal). R. Guest, and M. Field (Western Australia). Mr. Bodey's second wife, Miss Flora MacFarlane, died several years ago. His father, a picturesque figure in Victoria, died a few years ago at the age of 106. The late Mr. George Bodey, who represented the district of Victoria in Parliament for several years, and Mr. Richard Bodey, produce merchant, of Mount Gambier, are brothers.

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'Bodey, James (1844–1933)', Obituaries Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University, http://oa.anu.edu.au/obituary/bodey-james-13912/text24796, accessed 18 September 2019.

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