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Jackson, George Robert (Bob) (1873–1918)

G. R. Jackson, n.d.

G. R. Jackson, n.d.

from Pastoral Review, 16 April 1918

Through the death of Mr. G. R. Jackson, of Urangeline Station, New South Wales, the woolgrowing industry has lost one of its most scientific and progressive exponents. He was the second son of the late James Jackson, of Tillingham, Essex, England, and was educated at Hadleigh.

He came to Australia at the age of twenty for health reasons, and associated himself with his uncle, the late Robert Rand, of Mohonga, where he early showed a great natural talent for pastoral work. When, later, he assumed control of Urangeline he was given full scope to carry out his ideas on Merino stud sheep breeding.

Combining the breeder's rare instinct with an unbounded energy and enthusiasm he accomplished in a few years results that were highly gratifying, and it is a great pity that he was not spared to contribute much more to one of Australia's most valuable industries.

He was always a hard worker, and the way he carried on, despite the constant handicap of ill-health, astonished all who knew him well. Nine months ago his illness assumed an acuter aspect, and steadily progressed till he died, game to the last, in Melbourne on 12th March at the regrettably early age of forty-five. He was an ardent Imperialist and intensely loyal to the Empire, always leaning in commercial decisions towards supporting and furthering the Empire's upbuilding.

His great regret was that poor physique prevented him from taking an active part on service; his choice would have been the Flying Corps, for which he had the greatest admiration.

No charitable appeal went unheeded by Mr. Jackson, and he did much in a quiet way to give help wherever needed.

All who knew Bob Jackson felt great sympathy for him in his long and trying illness, and deeply regret his loss both as a friend and equally as an extremely valuable hardworking citizen of the Empire.

He leaves behind him a widow and one little daughter in Australia, and two brothers and two sisters resident in England.

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'Jackson, George Robert (Bob) (1873–1918)', Obituaries Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University, http://oa.anu.edu.au/obituary/jackson-george-robert-bob-522/text523, accessed 23 April 2019.

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G. R. Jackson, n.d.

G. R. Jackson, n.d.

from Pastoral Review, 16 April 1918