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Carter, Alexander James (Alex) (1920–2011)

by Ian Carter

Alex Carter, 2000

Alex Carter, 2000

photo supplied by Ian Carter

Alexander (Alex) James Weatherly Carter passed away peacefully in Stawell, aged 91 years, on 20 December 2011, the oldest descendent of the first European family to settle the Wimmera. Alex was born on March 10, 1920, at Glendale station, via Dooen, to William Charles Carter (1867 – 1941) and Marjorie Weatherly (1884 – 1968). 

Alex parents moved to Wallaloo Park soon after his birth. He was educated at Brighton Grammar School, and Longerenong Agricultural College. After his father’s death in 1941, he managed Wallaloo Park through depression, drought, floods, and fires. He worked the land until retiring at 86 to Stawell. Polite and kind by nature, Alex was loved and respected by all who knew him. Wallaloo Park is now one of the top Merino studs in Australia.

Alex is survived by his wife, Mrs Shirley Carter, nee Saunders, a former medical nurse from Wellington, New Zealand. They married on October 22, 1949, and had three daughters and one son. Mrs Jenny Carter Willis, Mr John Weatherly Carter, Mrs Jane Carter McMaster and Mrs Susan Carter Fisken. Alex’s late brother, Mr James Samuel Carter (1922 – 2000), engineer and academic, lived in Adelaide.

Original publication

  • unpublished, 2011

Citation details

Ian Carter, 'Carter, Alexander James (Alex) (1920–2011)', Obituaries Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University,, accessed 9 August 2020.

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