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Macansh, John Donald (1820–1896)

The Hon. John Donald Macansh, M.L.C., whose name is widely known in pastoral circles in Queensland and New South Wales, expired very suddenly at Warwick, Queensland, on Saturday, 1st August. The deceased gentleman was attending a meeting of the Glengallan Divisional Board and succumbed to heart disease. He survived but a few minutes after the attack. The Brisbane Courier contains the following obituary notes :—"Mr. Macansh has been engaged ever since 1840 in farming and squatting pursuits in New South Wales and Queensland. He purchased Canning Downs Estate in 1875, and then came to reside in Queensland. He was called to the Legislative Council in 1886, and has occupied a seat there ever since. Mr. Macansh is best known throughout Queensland for the great interest he has ever taken in the breeding of dairy cattle and shorthorns. It will be remembered that not long since he offered to the Government 500 acres of the best land on Canning Downs for the starting of an agricultural college."

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'Macansh, John Donald (1820–1896)', Obituaries Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University, http://oa.anu.edu.au/obituary/macansh-john-donald-1144/text1139, accessed 21 November 2017.

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