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Grice, James (1846–1932)

Deep regret will be felt by his many friends at the death of Mr James Grice, which occurred on Wednesday, at his residence, Moondah, Frankston. He was aged 86 years. Mr Grice was a son of the late Mr. Richard Grice and a brother of Sir John Grice. He was connected with the firm of Messrs. Grice, Sumner, and Co. for many years, and earlier in his career was interested in the pastoral industry in the Wimmera district. More recently he extended his interests to the Maldon Island company, an enterprise for developing phosphatic deposits in the Pacific Islands. He was chairman of the Victorian board of directors of the Australian Mutual Provident Society and a member of the directorate of the Norwich Union Insurance Company.

Always an ardent sportsman, Mr. Grice was a foundation member of the Victoria Amateur Turf Club, and was a member of the committee for many years. He was elected chairman of the club in 1888, in 1893 and from 1896 to 1906 inclusive. He held the position for further periods until 1930, when he retired and did not seek re-election. Until recently he was chairman of the trustees of the Caulfield racecourse reserve. Although he had not raced horses in recent years, at one time he owned some good performers. Crysalite won the Australian Hurdle in 1899 for Mr Grice, in conjunction with his brother, Mr. Richard Grice. The Corsican and The Infanta were among others owned by him. Mr. Grice took a keen interest in charitable institutions and was president of the Melbourne Benevolent Asylum.

For many years Mr. Grice was president of Frankston Agricultural Association and its survival in the days when it was impossible to keep such an association alive without solid financial aid was due entirely to his interest and the financial support of himself and members of his family.

Mr. Grice leaves a widow, four sons, and a daughter (Mrs. Howatson).

Burial took place in the St. Kilda cemetery yesterday (Friday).

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'Grice, James (1846–1932)', Obituaries Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University, http://oa.anu.edu.au/obituary/grice-james-15501/text26716, accessed 25 November 2017.

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