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Christison, Robert (1837–1915)

The cables report the death of Mr. Robert Christison , late owner of Lammermoor Station, Hughenden, Q., at the age of seventy-eight years. Mr. Christison arrived in Victoria in 1852, and was employed by Messrs. T. and N. Chirnside for a time. He went to Queensland in 1861, and after doing a large amount of exploring work, took up Lammermoor Station, Hughenden, in 1867, and retained it until 1910, when he sold out to Messrs. Coldham and Alison, and retired to Lincolnshire, England, where he purchased and farmed a beautiful property.

A man of wide pastoral experience, he brought to bear upon the industry with which he was associated a considerable amount of enterprise. Never satisfied to allow things to remain undeveloped and unimproved, he made special efforts to introduce into his district developments which made for the betterment of pastoral interests. Devoting considerable thought to meat preservation he was the first to establish meat works and erect refrigerating plant for the export of meat from Queensland. The question of water supply received his active consideration, and after an investigation of the artesian water supplies of other countries, he imported into Queensland the first artesian water-boring plant. Upon the question of water conservation he was particularly keen, and published an interesting pamphlet dealing exhaustively with the whole subject.

Mr. Christison donated a large sum of money to various public and religious institutions in Queensland, amongst them being that of the Tropical Medical Research Institution.

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'Christison, Robert (1837–1915)', Obituaries Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University, http://oa.anu.edu.au/obituary/christison-robert-222/text223, accessed 22 August 2019.

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