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Niall, James Mansfield (1860–1941)

Mr. James Mansfield Niall, managing director of Goldsbrough, Mort & Co. Ltd., Melbourne, died today at his home in Toorak, at the age of 82. Mr. Niall was closely associated also with the Mount Morgan Gold Mining Co. and was, chairman of directors from 1919 to 1929. He was a member of the VRC committee and the owner of many winners.

Born at Glenelg (SA), Mr. Niall entered the public service in Fremantle from school, but left to be come a jackeroo. He later acted as overseer on Milo, one of the most extensive stations in Queensland. A few months later he took up land for himself near Port Augusta (SA).

He was associated with Robert Barr Smith in pastoral properties in Queensland, and managed Evora and Delta stations for several years up to 1894 in association with Mr. (afterwards Sir) George Fairbairn. He helped to break the big shearers' strike in Queensland in 1890. He joined Goldsbrough, Mort & Co. Ltd. in 1894, and in 1900 wss appointed general manager of the company. He was chairman of directors and managing director from 1919-35, when he resigned from the former position but retained the managing directorship. Mr. Niall's son, Mr. K. M. Niall, succeeded his father as chairman of directors.

Since 1917, Mr. Niall had been a member of the VRC committee. Among his racing successes were the Queensland Cup with Citadel, the Futurity Stakes with Maharajah, the Moonee Valley Cup with Royal Charter, Standish Handicaps with Umberatana and Manrico (1939 and 1941), the Australian Steeplechase, 1940, with Dark David, and an Australian Steeplechase with Kinlark, which he afterward presented to the Duke of Windsor who, as Prince of Wales, visited Australia in 1920. He also owned Studio, one of the best sprinters in Australia.

There are two sons, Mesrs. K. M. Niall and A. M. Niall.

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'Niall, James Mansfield (1860–1941)', Obituaries Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University,, accessed 30 October 2020.

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