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Mactaggart, Dan Eric (1897–1956)

Dan MacTaggart, n.d.

Dan MacTaggart, n.d.

from Pastoral Review and Graziers' Record, 16 August 1956

Mr. Dan Eric Mactaggart, managing director of Mactaggarts P.P.C.A. Ltd., Queensland, died on 2nd July at the age of 59.

Mr. Mactaggart was the son of the late Daniel Mactaggart, who founded the firm of Mactaggart Bros. Ltd., from which the present company developed. He was educated at Scotch College, Melbourne, where he took a keen interest in rowing, and when he returned to Queensland he jackerooed on Bundooma, on the Burnett River.

The late Mr. Mactaggart served with the A.I.F. in France during World War I and later transferred to the Royal Flying Corps. When he returned to Australia he joined the firm of Mactaggart Bros. Ltd. and after it was made into a co-operative association he succeeded Mr. Stanley Chapman as managing director, a post which he retained until his death.

Mr. Mactaggart, who had been president of the Fat Stock and Produce Brokers' Association for the past 14 years, took a keen interest in the production side of the industry, and one of his principal hobbies was developing his grazing property, Cowah, at Kilcoy, to which he hoped to retire. He is survived by his wife, a daughter, and one son.


(An Appreciation)

By E.B.J.

Many people from all walks of life gathered at Saint Augustine's Church, Hamilton, Brisbane, on 4th July, to pay their last respects to D. E. Mactaggart, for such was the measure of the man. Could any greater tribute be paid than by one of the mourners, not a business man, not a man of wealth, not a close personal friend, who said "I only met him twice and each time he did me a good turn."

D. E. Mactaggart gave wholeheartedly of himself in everything he did—to his country, in World War I when he served with the first A.I.F. in France, later transferring to the Royal Flying Corps; to all members of his family; to his innumerable friends; to the business of Mactaggarts P.P.C. Association, which he so successfully and ably managed; and to the Fat Stock and Produce Brokers' Association, of which body he had been elected president for the past 14 years.

Tucked away was another love, his property, Cowah, on the head waters of the Brisbane River. Here he had carefully laid the foundations of a really top Hereford herd, and here, in this lovely area, he hoped to spend some years after retiring. That was not to be, and his death, at 59, is a great sorrow to his family and his numerous friends who held him in such esteem and high regard.

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Dan MacTaggart, n.d.

Dan MacTaggart, n.d.

from Pastoral Review and Graziers' Record, 16 August 1956