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Butler, George (1855–1925)

George Butler, n.d.

George Butler, n.d.

from Pastoral Review, 16 June 1925

George Butler, an eminent cattle man of North Queensland, passed away recently. He had reached the allotted span of three score years and ten.

As a lad he was with the Murray Priors at Maroon, on the Upper Logan, 50 miles from Brisbane. He stayed and grew to manhood there. Later he took charge of Bulliwallah Cattle Station, in the Belyando, for the late Thomas Murray Prior, and when that place was sold—after Mr. Prior's death—he bought the Fanning River Cattle Station, not far from Charters Towers, a place that had a good old history. It was originally held by the Vannecks, in old days a famous name, and was later taken over by Mr. Henry Abbott, who had been with the Vannecks from young days, and who now lives in Townsville.

Mr. Butler made a hobby and an everlasting study of the breeding of Shorthorn cattle, and for fifty years was associated with the Maroon herd. When the dispersing of the old herd was contemplated some six years ago, rather than let it go Mr. Butler purchased it, and acquiring Dalraer, near Prairie, had the famous old herd removed there. I think this was more from sentiment than from hope of profit. In the purchase he made a partnership with his only daughter, Mrs. P. Salmon, of Natal Downs, and they established the herd on its old footing.

Mr. Butler was famous as a show judge of Shorthorns, and often the southern associations claimed his services at show time. He was an old-time member of the Towers Pastoral Association, and also a member of the Dalrymple Shire Council. There's one way in which George Butler will be sadly missed. He was a ready adviser to cattle men, and many a herd owner of the north will hear of his death sorrowfully, for he had a helping hand ready for those who wrought to help themselves.

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'Butler, George (1855–1925)', Obituaries Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University, http://oa.anu.edu.au/obituary/butler-george-182/text183, accessed 23 August 2019.

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