The death occurred last month of Mr. John Christie, one of the oldest settlers in the Hamilton district of Victoria, and also one of the oldest breeders of Lincoln sheep in the Commonwealth. Mr. Christie was born at Haddington, Scotland, in 1834, arrived in Victoria, in 1851, and after spending a few years on various diggings, settled at Garvald Vale, Byaduk, in the Hamilton district, in 1861, where he resided up to the time of his death. He began his Lincoln flock in conjunction with his brother (Mr. Peter Christie) in 1873, with ewes imported or bought shortly after importation by Mr. Mackersley, of Kenilworth, and shortly afterwards added others to the flock bred by Messrs. Skene Bros, and Mr. T. F. Rutledge. The flock very soon took a high position at leading shows and sales, which it has maintained ever since. Some twenty years ago Mr. Christie took his sons into partnership, and of late years they have had almost complete control of the flock, owing to Mr. Christie's advancing years.
He was an elder and staunch supporter of the Presbyterian Church, and liberally helped its different schemes. He was also one of the first members of the Hamilton P. & A. Society, and was held in high esteem for his many good qualities by residents of the Western District generally.
'Christie, John (1834–1918)', Obituaries Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University, http://oa.anu.edu.au/obituary/christie-john-221/text222, accessed 23 October 2014.
from Pastoral Review, 15 June 1918