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Doyle, James Hilton (1881–1954)

James Doyle, n.d.

James Doyle, n.d.

from Pastoral Review and Graziers' Record, 16 December 1954

The death occurred at St. Vincent's Hospital, Sydney, on 26th November of Mr. James Hilton Doyle, of Merawah, Boggabilla, N.S.W., one of the most widely known and highly respected men in the sheep and cattle industry of Australia.

Born at Scone, N.S.W., 73 years ago, of a pioneer pastoral family, the late Mr. Doyle was educated at The King's School, Parramatta, where he won distinction in rowing, football, and cricket. His early pastoral experience on his own account was gained in Queensland, first in the Talwood district and then in the Gulf country, where he became a prominent cattle grazier. Some years later he transferred his activities to Merawah at Boggabilla, near the Queensland border, and established the J. H. Doyle Estates Co. Pty. Ltd., growing Merino wool and breeding stud sheep, Poll Hereford cattle, and thoroughbred horses.

At the time of his death Mr. Doyle was president of the Australian Poll Hereford Society, a councillor of the Graziers' Association of New South Wales, and a member of the Warialda Pastures Protection Board. He was also a leader of the New State movement in New South Wales and president of the Goondiwindi Race Club and of the Amateur Race Club. As a breeder of thoroughbred horses all his life he was prominent in the realm of the turf. He was an A grade polo player for Scone when the team won the North-West Challenge Cup, the oldest blue ribbon event in the N.S.W. polo calendar, and captain of the Goondiwindi polo team, holders of the Welltown Challenge Cup for three years.

Mr. Hilton Doyle, as he was generally known, was a fine example to the rising generation of graziers, many of whom owe much to his advice and inspiration, and he was a kind and generous host always to a continual stream of guests at Merawah. He is survived by two daughters—Margaret (Mrs. Walter Gunn, of Goondiwindi) and Judith (Mrs. Ken Mackay, of Merawah). Engineer Rear Admiral A. B. Doyle, C.B.E., R.A.N., of Sydney, is a brother.

Original publication

  • Pastoral Review and Graziers' Record, 16 December 1954, pp 1489 & 91 (view original)

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'Doyle, James Hilton (1881–1954)', Obituaries Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University, http://oa.anu.edu.au/obituary/doyle-james-hilton-325/text326, accessed 15 October 2019.

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James Doyle, n.d.

James Doyle, n.d.

from Pastoral Review and Graziers' Record, 16 December 1954