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Gibson, Dudley William (1875–1925)

Dudley William Gibson, n.d. photographer unknown

Dudley William Gibson, n.d. photographer unknown

Referee (Sydney), 19 August 1925, p 4

Mr. Dudley William Gibson, whose death occurred at Grenfell on Friday evening was a grandson of the late Dr. A. Gibson, a notable Australian colobust who was amongst the earliest settlers in the Southern Tablelands district.

The name of Gibson is widely known and respected; and the the passing of a respected member of the historical family at such a comparatively early age will be greatly regretted.

Dr. Gibson was surgeon to His Majesty's39th Regiment. The first decade of the last century found Europe still in a state of ferment and Dr. Gibson saw his fair share of service. He was present with his Regiment at the Battle of Waterloo.

He came out to the colony with the Royal Corps of Veterans in the early twenties. He married Miss Alice Faithfull, daughter of William Faithfull, the founder of the family of that name in N.S.W.

Dr. and Mrs. Gibson settled Tirranna in March 1827. The original Crown graint comprised around 10,000 acres, a portion of which is still held by the family.

Dr. Gibson's son, the, late Mr. Andrew F. Gibson, owned Burrungurroolong station. He had a large family, Mr. Dudley Gibson being the youngest son. The lastnamed was born at Tirranna in March 1875 and was thus 59 years of age.

Receiving his education at Kings College, Goulburn, the young Dudley grew up a fine stamp of an Austrailian citizen. He was a good sport and always "planed the game".

He took a keen interest in the affairs of the Tirranna Picnic Racing Club and for a number of years acted in various official capacities. When the S.D.R.A. came into existence he was the first stipendiary steward, and filled that position for two years, when he went to New Zealand as stipeniary steward to oneof the Dominion's leading racing bodies.

The A.J.C. then recognised his ability in that direction, and secured his services. He was one of the stewards at Randwick up till four or five years ago.

Latterly, the deceased had been prominent in the polo world. He was one of the State's foremost players, and had done much towards assisting the present revival of the game in Australia. He played in the Sydney team at the 1923 and 1924 carnivals in Goulburn and his services as an umpire were eagerly sought after at local tournaments.

Having disposed of his interests in Sydney he had decided to live on his station, "Caragabil," Grenfell. He became suddenly ill a fortnight ago and in the early hours of Friday he succumed to pneumonic influenza. He is survived by a widow but no family. Messers A. C. Gibson ('Tiranna') and Norman Gibson are brothers and thre are also seven sisters. The funeral will take place at the Tirranna private cemetery on Sunday morning.

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'Gibson, Dudley William (1875–1925)', Obituaries Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University, http://oa.anu.edu.au/obituary/gibson-dudley-william-19801/text31070, accessed 24 August 2019.

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