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Hamilton, Edward William Terrick (1809–1898)

A recent cablegram from London announced the death of Mr. Edward Hamilton, chairman of the Australian Agricultural Company. Although the deceased gentleman may be little known, even by name, to many of the present generation of colonists, he occupied a prominent position in the community, in the first half of this century, as one of the most enterprising and successful squatters and sheepbreeders of those days, in fact, he was one of the first who reduced sheepfarming to anything like a system. Having completed his education at Cambridge University, where he was Senior Wrangler, he was called to the bar, and shortly after left England for Sydney, no doubt with the intention of following his profession. Mr. Hamilton probably arrived in New South Wales somewhere about the year 1835. Shortly after his arrival he turned his attention to pastoral pursuits, and having acquired the ownership of the Collaroy Station, in partnership with his friend, Mr. George Clive, M.P. for Herefordshire, he devoted the whole of his time and energy to the management and improvement of his flocks and herds until 1855, when he transferred the personal superintendence to Dr. Rowland J. Traill, who subsequently became one of the partners. Under the skilful management of the late Dr. Traill, the Collaroy flocks were greatly improved in quality, and increased in number, and attained the high reputation they hold up to the present day. In addition to the Collaroy Estate, Mr. Hamilton and his partners at one time owned other stations in the Liverpool and Gwydir district. Soon after his return to England he was elected chairman of the Australian Agricultural Company, which important office he held for forty-one years, and up to the time of his decease, when he must have been upwards of eighty years of age. Mr. Hamilton, also for many years, was chairman of the Bank of Australasia, so that, although an absentee, he continued to hold positions in London, which would make him take a lively interest in the prosperity and progress of Australia.

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'Hamilton, Edward William Terrick (1809–1898)', Obituaries Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University, http://oa.anu.edu.au/obituary/hamilton-edward-william-terrick-455/text456, accessed 25 November 2017.

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