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Hassall, James Cusack (1858–1936)

The late Mr. [James Cusack] Hassall was born at 'Wotton Vale,' Coleraine, Victoria, in 1858. He was educated at the Geelong Grammar School, and was a school mate of Dr. Jackson, of Brisbane. Forty-eight years ago he married Miss Frances Percy Faris. He came to Queensland first in 1882. Later he went back to Victoria and returned again to Queensland in 1889, when he settled on Dandine Station, as manager, during which time he experienced the highest flood ever known on the Condamine. Dandine Station being cut up, he came to Moggill, where he engaged in general farming, but was ruined by the 1893 flood, losing everything with the exception of two ponies and a buggy. Deceased came to Mt. Ubi station in 1893, and two years later was appointed manager, which position he held until the estate was sold in 1925, on the death of the owner, Senator J. T. Walker, of Sydney. During his residence there he experienced the highest flood known at Kenilworth. In the early days he carried his butter on pack horses to Eumundi. Later, at the request of residents, he started the first cream run, and personally drove the first four-wheeled vehicle from Mt. Ubi to Eumundi for the Silverwood Dairy Co. He was one of the first to transport cream by motor lorry from Mt. Ubi to Eumundi. His great grandfather, a clergyman, came to Australia in 1819, and married a daughter of 'Farmer' Marsden, a personal friend of Governor Macquarie.

The funeral, which was largely and representatively attended moved from St. John's Church of England to the Nambour cemetery on Friday last, after service, the last rites at the graveside being conducted by the Rev. G. T. Hobbs.

Floral tributes were received from the following:

Maroochy Shire Council; Mr. and Mrs. D. Beattie and family; Mr. and Mrs. F. Rodgers and family; the Chadwick family; Mr. and Mrs. A. W. Thynne and family; Mr. and Mrs. T. Walker, Jack and Don; Mr. A. J. Evans and family; Mr. and Mrs. W. Parsons; Nichols family; Mr. and Mrs. F. Pearce; Mr. and Mrs. J. T.. Lowe and family; Mr. and Mrs. W. Purdon and family, and Mrs. Pearce Senr.; 'Amy,'; the Wilkinson family; Mr. and Mrs. S. Kelly; A. L. McGregor; Mr. and Mrs. E. Pickering and family; Mr and Mrs. Hill; Jacky Nandree; Bridges family; from the children; from 'Per'.

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'Hassall, James Cusack (1858–1936)', Obituaries Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University, http://oa.anu.edu.au/obituary/hassall-james-cusack-16214/text28148, accessed 23 April 2018.

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