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Oscar Ferdinand Armytage (1860–1912)

One of the last representatives in Victoria of a well-known and highly-respected family, Mr. Oscar Ferdinand Armytage, of Ingleby Station, near Winchelsea, died in England last month at the comparatively early age of fifty-two. A son of the late Mr. George Armytage, and grandson of the late Mr. George Armytage, who took up Ingleby in 1836, he entered the Melbourne Church of England Grammar School in 1870, afterwards going to Eton, and completing an Arts course, and qualifying as a barrister at Cambridge University. On the death of his father, about twenty-three years ago, Ingleby Station, then about 36,000 acres, was divided amongst himself and his three brothers, so that the present Ingleby is but a part of the original property. The other stations, Ripplevale and Studbrook, mainly carved out of Ingleby, belonging to the three brothers, who have always lived in England, have been subdivided and sold.

Mr. Oscar Armytage was the ideal of a high-minded English gentleman, generous to a fault, courteous to a degree, and of a most scrupulous integrity, while he was a model station owner, conversant with every detail, and knowing, so to speak, every acre of his property, constantly riding over it and keeping it in splendid order. His wool always came to the market in excellent condition, and commanded a high price.

Some five or six years ago he took his family to England for the education of his children, but even then he travelled backward and forward, spending six months of his time here, including the shearing period, and supervising operations on the station. In 1910 he brought out the family for a year's stay at Ingleby, after which he let the property to Mr. Edward Lascelles, and took them home again, intending after five years to again take up his residence at the station, but in February last he contracted the illness from which he has just died. He leaves a widow and two children.

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