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Taylor, David (1842–1911)

David Taylor, n.d.

David Taylor, n.d.

from Pastoralists Review, 15 May 1911

Mr. David Taylor, the well-known sheepbreeder in the Midlands, Tasmania, died at St. Johnstone, near Campbell Town, on the 27th March. The deceased's grandfather, Mr. George Taylor, arrived in Tasmania in the year 1823, and settled with his family at Valleyfield, on the Macquarie River, in the Campbell Town district. One of his sons—Mr. David Taylor—took up the Winton Estate, where the deceased was born nearly sixty-nine years ago. He was educated partly under the Rev. Peter, Campbell Town, and then at the High School, Hobart, with his brother, Mr. John Taylor, the present occupier of Winton, and on leaving school was thoroughly trained to the knowledge of pastoral pursuits, especially of everything connected with sheepbreeding on his father's estate. The deceased was a very successful breeder of Merino sheep, and was the holder of innumerable trophies won at shows. At an intercolonial exhibition held at Sydney he carried off the Earl of Belmore's prize for the best group in the exhibition. Besides being a magistrate for the territory, the late Mr. Taylor was one of the original members of the municipality of Campbell Town, which was constituted in 1867, and held his seat as councillor from that date until his death—an uninterrupted record of service extending over forty-four years. He took a keen interest in the Midland Agricultural Association, and the St. Johnstone Merino stud was always prominent at the Campbell Town shows. As an untiring worker for the welfare of the district in which his life was spent, and for his kindly and generous nature, he was beloved, and his memory will always be revered by all classes of the community amongst whom he lived and worked. Several of Tasmania's leading flocks are descended from St. Johnstone blood, and many a young studbreeder has received help and encouragement from Mr. David Taylor.

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'Taylor, David (1842–1911)', Obituaries Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University, http://oa.anu.edu.au/obituary/taylor-david-959/text960, accessed 22 April 2019.

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David Taylor, n.d.

David Taylor, n.d.

from Pastoralists Review, 15 May 1911