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Casey, Richard Gardiner (1846–1919)

from Argus (Melbourne)

Richard Gardiner Casey, n.d.

Richard Gardiner Casey, n.d.

from Pastoral Review, 16 May 1919

Widespread regret will be expressed at the news received in Melbourne yesterday of the death at Honolulu of Mr. Richard Gardiner Casey. Mr. Casey, who had been on a visit to England with his wife, was on his way back to Australia in the S.S. Makura, and on Thursday a cable message was received in Melbourne that he was so ill that he had had to be taken ashore at Honolulu in a serious condition. Early yesterday morning the sad news was received that he had died.

Mr. Casey, who was one of the best known men in Melbourne, was the son of the late Dr. C. G. Casey, who settled in Tasmania in 1836. Mr. Casey was born in Hobart on December 17, 1846. As a young man he crossed over to the mainland when his father came to this State to practise his profession, settling at Bay street, Brighton. Mr. Casey was for many years closely identified with the late Mr. Donald Wallace in the ownership of pastoral properties in Queensland, and for a time represented the Warrego district in the Queensland Parliament. He had for many years been identified with Goldsbrough, Mort, and Co. as its chairman, and his work for that company was of tremendous value. He was also chairman of the Mount Morgan Gold Mining Co., of Queensland, and of the Electrolytic Refining, and Smelting Co. of Australia, Port Kembla, N.S.W. In these enterprises he was widely known as a businessman of sound ability and judgment. Mr. Casey was also chairman of "The Walter and Eliza Hall Trust," established in 1912 by Mrs. Eliza Hall, widow of the late Mr. Walter Russell Hall, who died in 1911, leaving an estate of nearly £3,000,000. All these positions Mr. Casey held at the time of his death.

Mr. Casey took a keen interest in racing. For many years he was a member of the committee of the Victoria Racing Club, until he retired in 1917 owing to his absence in England. He succeeded the late Mr. A. McCracken as chairman of the club in August, 1907, and held that office until August, 1916, when he relinquished it, and Mr. L. K. S. Mackinnon became chairman. Mr. Casey did much for the club. He took the chairmanship at a time when there was much to be done in meeting changed conditions, and he was chairman when Sir Thomas Bent's Racing Bill became law. It was during his term of office, and at his instigation, that the present V.R.C. offices were built in Bourke Street. Mr. Casey raced a number of horses. The best performer he owned was Sylvanite, with whom he won the Debutant Stakes (1903), A.J.C. Derby (1904), and Victoria Derby (1904). In partnership with Mr. J. M. Niall he owned Maharajah, who won the Caulfield Futurity Slakes (1916). More recently Antenor had carried Mr. Casey's colours successfully.

Mr. Casey leaves a widow and two sons. The sons, Captain R. G. Casey and Lieutenant Dermot Casey, have both served with marked distinction in the war, the former having been decorated D.S.O. and M.C., while the latter gained the Military Cross. Mr. Casey was a member of the Melbourne and Australian clubs, and his death will be deeply regretted by his fellow members, with whom he was deservedly popular. A friend, who had been associated with him in business for nearly half a century, said yesterday of him: ''Those who knew him best loved him best." He was noted for his charity and kindness, and for many years there were many old employees of his father and himself who practically lived on the annuities granted them by the man whom they affectionately called "Master Dick."

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'Casey, Richard Gardiner (1846–1919)', Obituaries Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University, http://oa.anu.edu.au/obituary/casey-richard-gardiner-207/text1605, accessed 25 November 2017.

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