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Ray, George (1850–1932)

The passing of Mr. George Ray, at his late home, Wellington Park, Picton, on Thursday last, 21st January, removes a well-known and highly respected resident of this district, and one who has been associated with many activities for its betterment. In dairying circles the name of Ray stands out prominently, and the deceased gentleman laid the foundation for the building up of one of the leading Guernsey herds in the State.

The late Mr. Ray was born at Campbelltown 82 years ago, being a son of the late Mr. and Mrs. John Ray. The deceased's father built the Commercial Hotel at Picton, and later on ably conducted this hostelry, and on his death was taken over by Mr. George Ray.

Later on, deceased took over the well-known Wellington Park property, which had been purchased by his late father. Here he and his family built up the famous Wellington Park herd and to-day has one of the most modern and best equipped dairies it would be possible to find anywhere.

The late Mr Ray had wonderfully interesting recollections of the early days hereabouts and he was one of our oldest residents. Some time ago he was badly knocked about by a bull, and although he apparently fully recovered from this, nevertheless it is almost certain this hastened his end.

Mr. Ray was married twice, his first family being Messrs. George, John and Tom (Ray Bros.), and Mrs. Roach (of Chatswood), while one daughter, Mrs McDevitt predeceased him. He also leaves the following family from the second union, to all of whom we extend our sympathy, Messrs. Robert and Victor, and Misses Clarice, and Doris Ray.

The cortege on Friday last was a lengthy one, Rev. Keith Brodie reading the service at the graveside. The pall bearers to St. Mark's Church cemetery were, Messrs. T. F. Gilmore, Hector McInnes, I. Nicolson and M. Poole.

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'Ray, George (1850–1932)', Obituaries Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University, http://oa.anu.edu.au/obituary/ray-george-25911/text34030, accessed 18 October 2019.

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