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Falkiner, Leigh Sadleir (1880–1952)

Death has removed another member of a pioneer pastoral family in the person of Mr. Leigh Sadlier Falkiner, who died in Melbourne on Monday at the age of 72 years. He was the youngest of the five sons of the late Mr. and Mrs. Franc Sadlier Falkiner of Boonoke Station, Conargo.

As a young man he managed Wanganella Estate. For many years he was secretary of the family organisation of F. S. Falkiner and Sons Ltd. For some years, with his brother, he ran the Deniliquin electricity undertaking, under franchise.

When Mr. Falkiner lived in Deniliquin he was president of the Conargo Shire Council, and president of the S.R. Picnic Race Club and the Deniliquin Jockey Club.

Keenly interested in racing in his earlier days, he raced with pronounced success and annexed the S.R.T.C.'s Gold Cup on two occasions.

Mr. Falkiner is survived by a widow and two daughters. His only son, Leigh, was killed while serving with the R.A.F. in the last war. It was in memory of Leigh Falkiner, jnr., and John Falkiner, son of Mr. and Mrs. Otway R. Falkiner, Boonoke North, that the firm of F. S. Falkiner and Sons donated land to the C.S.I.R.O., known as the Falkiner Memorial Field Station.  

He is also survived by his brother, Mr. Otway Rotwell Falkiner.

There was a funeral service at Slight's Chapel, St. Kilda Road, Melbourne, at 1.45 p.m. on Wednesday, before a private cremation.

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'Falkiner, Leigh Sadleir (1880–1952)', Obituaries Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University, http://oa.anu.edu.au/obituary/falkiner-leigh-sadleir-19536/text30897, accessed 25 April 2018.

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