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Jack Bailey (1868–1955)

Mr. Jack Bailey, a widely known and highly respected figure throughout the north-west, west, and far west of New South Wales, died at Coonamble (N.S.W.) recently in his 88th year.

The late Mr. Bailey was born in Victoria, where his father was a mining engineer. At the age of 16 he began his pastoral activities in Riverina under the tutelage of the late Mr. George Hebden, and subsequently went with Mr. Charles Hebden to Wanaaring Station, Wanaaring, N.S.W., where he was later overseer. After some years there he went to Coolgardie, W.A., but eventually returned to Wanaaring, where Mr. Hebden took him in as managing partner, until Wanaaring was sold.

Mr. Bailey then bought Grassmere, near Coonamble, but when the first world war broke out he joined up with the forces. Although then over 40 years of age, he served throughout the war, mostly in France. At the end of the war Mr. Bailey returned to Coonamble, but he sold Grassmere shortly afterwards and later on went to Sydney where he engaged in business activities for some time. Subsequently he returned to Coonamble and was living there at the time of his death.

Mr. Bailey, who was unmarried, was a splendid horseman, and besides being a noted rider of buckjumpers was also a first rate amateur jockey.

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