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Cudmore, James Francis (1837–1912)

from Mail (Adelaide)

James Cudmore, n.d.

James Cudmore, n.d.

from Pastoralists' Review, 16 September 1912

The death of Mr. J. F. [James Francis] Cudmore, of Paringa Hall, Brighton road, Somerton, occurred this morning. The deceased, who was one of South Australia's leading pastoralists, was 74 years of age. His father was the late Mr. D. Cudmore, who first settled in Tasmania after leaving the old country. He was not there long, however, before he decided to remove to another part of Australia. He chartered a vessel, and on the voyage across to South Australia the late Mr. J. F. Cudmore was born. A brewery was started at Kapunda by the late Mr. D. Cudmore, but he was soon attracted to sheepfarming at Yongala Station. After being educated at Sevenhills College, which is in the Clare district, the late Mr. J F. Cudmore made across the River Murray. This was in 1859, when he took over Paringa Station. He proceeded to Brisbane in 1863, where he bought some sheep and travelled them to Rockhampton along the coast. He then found himself in Central Queensland looking for another pastoral holding. He was unsuccessful this trip, but a few years after going back to Paringa Station he once again ventured across to Queensland. This time he secured Gooyea Station, and next the Milo and Welford Downs Stations in South-western Queensland. With several of his sons at a later date he secured Tara Station, but about 30 years ago he established his home at Paringa Hall. The first crusher erected at the time of the Western Australian gold rush on the Coolgardie field is believed to have been put there by the deceased. He paid a good deal of attention to pastoral pursuits in the other States. He has left six sons, namely, Mr. K. Cudmore (Brisbane manager for Goldsbrough, Mort, and Co.), Dr. A. M. Cudmore (of Adelaide), Messrs. J. K. and D. C. Cudmore (of Tara), T. C. Cudmore (of near Blackall), and R. M. Cudmore (of Adelaide); also four daughters.

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