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Tennant, Andrew (1835–1913)

Mr. Andrew Tennant, a veteran pastoralist in South Australia, died at his residence, near Adelaide, on 19th July, at the age of seventy-eight. He was born at Roxburgh, Scotland, in 1835, and three years later arrived in Adelaide with his parents. The father, Mr. John Tennant, took up land a few miles to the north of Adelaide, and rapidly extended his holdings. At an early age the late Mr. Andrew Tennant took an active interest in his father's business as a sheepbreeder, and when in his teens successfully drove cattle and sheep round the head of Spencer's Gulf to the then unknown and sparsely-watered regions of Eyre Peninsula. From that time onwards Mr. Tennant became one of the most enterprising of that splendid company of men who in the early days laid the foundation of the pastoral industry in the central State of the Commonwealth. At various times he has owned numerous leasehold and freehold station properties. The deceased gentleman was a member of the Legislative Assembly for six years, and of the Legislative Council for four years. He was also a member of the Pastoral Commission which sat in 1897-8. Mr. Tennant has left three sons—Mr. John Tennant, of Princess Royal Station; Mr. W. Tennant, of Point Lowly Station, Port Augusta West; and Mr. Fred Tennant, solicitor, of Adelaide—and three daughters—Mrs. W. T. Mortlock, of Martindale Hall; Mrs. Anstruther-Gray, of London and Milmany (Scotland); and Mrs. R. M. Hawker, of Bungaree, near Clare. The second daughter is the wife of Major William Anstruther-Gray, F.R.G.S. (formerly Anstruther-Thomson), who adopted the name of Gray on succeeding to the Carntyne Estate in 1904. He was aide-de-camp from 1889 to 1891, during Lord Kintore's term as Governor of South Australia.

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'Tennant, Andrew (1835–1913)', Obituaries Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University, http://oa.anu.edu.au/obituary/tennant-andrew-1229/text1216, accessed 14 December 2019.

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