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Edgar, Alexander Williamson (1856–1927)

Alexander Edgar, n.d.

Alexander Edgar, n.d.

from Pastoral Review, 16 December 1927

Western Australia lost one of her foremost pastoralists and most respected citizens on 11th November when death claimed Mr. Alexander Williamson Edgar, of Strathalbyn, Gingin. Mr. Edgar was a son of the late Walter Edgar, of Woodacres, near Chetwynd, and was born at Mullah Station, near Pine Hills, Victoria, in 1856.

At 21 he went to Western Australia to join his brother, the late John Edgar, and his brother-in-law, the late McKenzie Grant, on their extensive pastoral holding on the De Grey River. He there rose from jackaroo to manager, and on his brother's death acquired the latter's interest in the property which he retained until the station was sold in 1911. For twenty-eight years Mr. Edgar had resided at Gingin, running on his Strathalbyn property high class studs of Shorthorn cattle of the Derrimut strain and English Leicester sheep. From time to time he acquired additional property around Strathalbyn—Glencoe, on the Gingin Brook; Westpoint, a few miles north, at Wannamal; and Glentromie, at New Norcia.

Until recent years he was a member of the Council of the Royal Agricultural Society, of which he was also a past president, and frequently he judged at Claremont Royal Shows. The late Mr. Edgar never entered public life, but amongst those with whom he came in touch he was highly respected for his integrity and for his invariable practice of looking at questions from both his own and "the other fellow's" points of view.

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Alexander Edgar, n.d.

Alexander Edgar, n.d.

from Pastoral Review, 16 December 1927