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Davidson, George Douglas (1849–1926)

from Pastoral Review

Mr. George Douglas Davidson, who has been closely connected with the pastoral industry of New South Wales for over half a century, died at his Melbourne suburban home, St. Aubin's Avenue, Caulfield, on 1st September.

Mr. Davidson was born in Jersey, Channel Islands, in 1849, and was the son of the late Samuel J. Davidson, owner of Allan Vale Station, near Stawell, Vic. The family came to Australia in the fifties, and after completing his education at the Melbourne Church of England Grammar School, the subject of this notice entered the services of the Oriental Bank for a short time. While still a young man he went on to Perricoota Station, Moama, N.S.W., then held by Messrs. Robertson and Wagner, where he gained a good grounding in pastoral matters.

A few years later he, with his brother Walter and Mr. A. W. Robertson, purchased Geraldra Station, at Stoekinbingal, near Cootamundra, N.S.W. The responsibility of the management devolved on him, and to his ability and care was due the successful transformation of a rough bush station into a highly developed property. In the course of time Mr. Robertson retired from the firm and the station was carried on by the two brothers until subdivided among the younger members of the family.

Mr. G. D. Davidson spent fully fifty years at Geraldra, and during the latter part of the time gave much attention to the breeding up of a Merino stud flock of high standard. He was a man of generous disposition, who will long be remembered by a wide circle of close friends. His eldest son, Douglas, was killed in the Great War. A widow and three children survive him.

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'Davidson, George Douglas (1849–1926)', Obituaries Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University, http://oa.anu.edu.au/obituary/davidson-george-douglas-291/text292, accessed 16 June 2019.

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