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Cory, William Montague (Monty) (1884–1958)

Mr. William Montague Bell Cory, who died at his Ashgrove, Brisbane, home on 22nd March at the age of 73 was born in Clermont, Q. He was one of the three sons of the late Henry and Mamie Cory, of Vermont, Warwick, Q., his father being one of the two Cory Brothers (with Alfred Cory) who owned Tocal, Longreach, in the 80's and 90's.

William Cory's early pastoral experience was gained on Vermont under his father. When war broke out in 1914 he enlisted in the Second Light Horse and saw extensive service overseas, returning home with the M.C. and Bar and the rank of Captain. He went back on the land straight away and was appointed overseer on Alice Downs, then the property of Arthur Whittingham. Subsequently he became manager, when the late David W. Gaukrodger resigned that position. After several years as manager of Alice Downs, he bought Glenlea, between Bogantungan and Springsure, which he held till his death.

Mr. Cory was married twice, his first wife being Miss Maida Scott, of Toowoomba, who died about 20 years ago, and his second wife was Matron K. Macdonald, of Springsure Hospital, who survives him. There were no children of either marriage. His two brothers, Vincent and Roy, also predeceased him, the former being killed in action in the Middle East in 1915, and the latter passing on at Vermont in 1956.

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'Cory, William Montague (Monty) (1884–1958)', Obituaries Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University, http://oa.anu.edu.au/obituary/cory-william-montague-monty-253/text254, accessed 19 June 2019.

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