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Stirrat, A. H. (1872–1925)

The late A. H. Stirrat, of Euroa, Gladstone, who passed away at a private hospital, at Rockhampton, on October 9, was born at Mt. Alma station, in the Gladstone district, on October 4, 1872. He was educated at Toowoomba, and at Mr. Schmidt's private school, Brisbane. After gaining business experience with Messrs, Lamb, Parbury, and Co., in Brisbane for a few years, he took up grazier pursuits, in January, 1892, when he returned to his old home at Mt. Alma, and worked under his father, the late Mr. David Stirrat. He became manager of Mt. Alma, and retained that position until, owing to pressure of his private business, he handed the management over to his younger brother, Mr. J. D. Stirrat, in January, 1910. He was a keen business man, and a most successful grazier. His first venture in grazing properties was the selection of about 18,000 acres of grazing farms on Dumgree, which he sold to his brother in 1906, and is now known as Mt. Eugene.

In 1903 he purchased the well-known station property, Rannes, which he held for many years. In 1906 he purchased Kroombit station, which is still in his name. Later he purchased Banana station, which he afterwards sold to Mr. Edward Farmer, of Voewood. Of late years he purchased Melrose, near Wondai. Some few years ago he purchased the fine freehold property, Mt. Larcom, on the North Coast Railway, between Gladstone and Rockhampton, a properly of about 15,000 acres, where he made his home. His intention was to turn Mt. Larcom into a stud and dairying property, and decided to go in for a stud of the Polled Hereford breed. He imported stock from America, on two occasions, the first consignment comprising five bulls, and three heifers, and the second shipment one bull (Bonnie Real) and one heifer. These importations have been much admired at Brisbane, Rockhampton, and Gladstone Shows. A few years ago Mr. Stirrat formed his pastoral interests into a company, known as the Mount Larcom Pastoral Co., Ltd. In 1902, he married Miss Ethel Farmer, eldest daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Farmer, then of Fairview station, near Gladstone. A widow, two daughters, and one son survive him.

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'Stirrat, A. H. (1872–1925)', Obituaries Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University, http://oa.anu.edu.au/obituary/stirrat-a-h-940/text941, accessed 24 August 2019.

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