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Raffan, George (1853–1915)

George Raffan, n.d.

George Raffan, n.d.

from Pastoral Review, 16 December 1915

Mr. George Raffan, a well-known pastoralist, owner of Lue and Cooyal Stations, Mudgee, New South Wales, and one of the most popular bowlers in Australia, died suddenly in Sydney on the 3rd inst., aged 62 years. Mr. Raffan's health had not been of the best recently, but it was thought by his friends that he was on the high road to recovery. He went to England in 1912 as leader of the Australian team of bowlers which toured Great Britain, and won most of its matches.

Mr. Raffan was a northern Scot, born in the county of Banffshire. He arrived in New South Wales in 1874, and commenced business as a building contractor, and within five years became one of the leading contractors of Sydney. Mr. Raffan was a frequent traveller, and made seven trips to the land of his birth. In the words of the oldest bowler alive in Sydney to-day: "Poor old George, he was a white man from top to toe, we shall miss him a lot."

He has left a widow, two sons, and two daughters. One of his sons, Mr. W. D. Raffan, is located at one of his father's station properties, while the other is Dr. George Raffan, of Macquarie-street, and who is shortly leaving for the front.

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'Raffan, George (1853–1915)', Obituaries Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University, http://oa.anu.edu.au/obituary/raffan-george-831/text832, accessed 22 July 2019.

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George Raffan, n.d.

George Raffan, n.d.

from Pastoral Review, 16 December 1915