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Aitchison, David (1817–1898)

Mr David Aitchison, whose death was recorded at Pembridge square, London, on 25th November last, in his eighty-second year, was a native of Edinburgh. He came out to Port Phillip with his brother Mr. George Nairne Aitchison, in 1839, when they took up the Kurucaruc run, in what was then known as the Portland Bay district and on which are now the townships of Rokewood and Corindhap. During the next ten years they formed it into one of the most complete sheep stations in the locality in those early days.

Mr Aitchison left for a visit to the old country for about a year, in 1849; his stay in England, with the changes incidental to the gold discoveries here, induced him to return to England in 1857, where he remained until his death, excepting one visit to Australia in 1863 when assisting to establish the Australian Mortgage, Land and Finance Company, formerly Gibbs, Ronald and Co. During this trip he visited Queensland and New South Wales inspecting country, &c. Mr. Aitchison always warmly supported the company, remaining in touch with its board meetings to the last, and was pleased to see it occupying one of the foremost positions of any pastoral finance company in these colonies.

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'Aitchison, David (1817–1898)', Obituaries Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University, https://oa.anu.edu.au/obituary/aitchison-david-10/text10, accessed 8 May 2021.

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