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Thirkell, George Frederick (1836–1926)

Mr. George Frederick Thirkell passed peacefully away at "Darlington Park," Epping, on Thursday morning at one o'clock. Mr Thirkell was the eldest son of the late Mr. Robert Thirkell, and was born at "Newsham Park," 89 years ago. He was educated at Hobart under Mr. Wolfe, and afterwards joined his father to take up pastoral pursuits at "Darlington Park."' His father also owned the well known properties "Rockthorpe," and "Woodstock," and at his death "Darlington Park" came into the hands of his eldest son, George.

The late Mr. George Thirkell served on the Northern Maquarie Road Trust for 22 years. The famous "Darlington Park" stud flock was founded by the late Mr. R. Thirkell in 1837, from an importation of pure Saxon sheep, and was under the care and personal supervision of the late Mr. G. Thirkell since 1840. The "Darlington Park" wool has always been known as one of the best of the Tasmanian wool clips. Mr. Thirkell's knowledge and judgment of sheep and cattle made him a valuable judge at several shows, and he was always ready to impart his knowledge to help others in improving their stock. Mr. Thirkell was married in 1864, to Miss Marion Wilson, the third daughter of the late Mr. George Wilson of "Mount Seymour," and after her death was married in 1873 to Miss Elizabeth Bayles, eldest daughter of the late Mr. Joseph Bayles, of Auburn. Mr. Thirkell had a family of twelve, of whom nine survive him. He was a man whose word was his bond, and of a most kind- ly and hospitable disposition. His many friends are not likely to forget the warm welcome they always received at "Darlington Park".

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'Thirkell, George Frederick (1836–1926)', Obituaries Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University, http://oa.anu.edu.au/obituary/thirkell-george-frederick-17543/text29223, accessed 19 June 2019.

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