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Russell, George (1857–1914)

George Russell, n.d.

George Russell, n.d.

from Pastoral Review, 16 June 1914

The news of the death of Mr. George Russell, owner of Langi Willi Station, Linton, Victoria, last month, was received with general regret. Though he spent the greater portion of his time superintending Langi Willi, Mr. Russell was known and esteemed by a very large circle of friends, not only in Melbourne, but throughout Victoria.

He was the son of the late Mr. Philip Russell, of Carngham, who owned large areas of grazing land in Victoria, chiefly round the Ballarat district, and when he died, Langi Willi, comprising 22,000 acres, became the property of Mr. George Russell. He continued to specialise, as his father had done, in growing fine Merino wool, and to-day the Langi Willi brand indicates one of the most noted clips in the wool world. In 1892, the late Mr. Russell was elected to the Victorian Legislative Assembly as the member for Grenville, and he retained the seat until 1900, when he retired.

Mr. Russell was well known on the turf, and his colours were very popular with racegoers. He went in principally for jumpers, one of the best owned by him being Domino, who was a great performer, winning nine races out of twelve starts. He carried 13 st. 5 lb. to victory in the Caulfield Grand National Steeplechase in 1899, and received a great reception on returning to the weighing enclosure. 

Mr. Russell, who was fifty-seven years of age, married a daughter of Mr. Albert Miller, and leaves two young daughters. The burial took place at Carngham Cemetery.

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'Russell, George (1857–1914)', Obituaries Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University, http://oa.anu.edu.au/obituary/russell-george-1192/text1212, accessed 19 June 2019.

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George Russell, n.d.

George Russell, n.d.

from Pastoral Review, 16 June 1914