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Shadforth, Francis Henry (1831–1914)

Francis Shadforth, n.d.

Francis Shadforth, n.d.

from Pastoral Review, 16 March 1915

Mr. Francis Henry Shadforth, who died recently at Mount Garnet, North Queensland, was in his 84th year, and of the third generation of colonists. His grandfather, Colonel Shadforth, fought at Albuera, and arrived in New South Wales early last century, while his father was for many years Usher of the Black Rod in the New South Wales Assembly.

The late Mr. Shadforth owned Myrhea and Gavell's Plains cattle station, Victoria, in the sixties and seventies, and in later years became the owner of Barkly Downs, on the Barkly Tableland, in the Northern Territory, and Lilydale, on the Gregory River, Burketown. He was a crack steeplechase rider, and a great "overlander." As an example of his overlanding propensities, in 1880, accompanied by his wife and eleven children, he journeyed from Beechworth, in Victoria, to Lilydale, Burketown, Northern Queensland, encountering both floods and droughts en route.

Mr. Shadforth leaves six sons and two daughters. Two of the former served in the Boer war; the elder (Ernest) won the D.S.O., and is now in Argentina. His second son, Tudor, was speared by blacks in Western Australia while prospecting for gold.

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