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Blaxland, Charles Ralph (1844–1925)

from Pastoral Review

Charles Blaxland, n.d.

Charles Blaxland, n.d.

from Pastoral Review, 16 May 1925

On the 29th of April at Sturry, Armidale, N.S.W., there passed away Charles Ralph Blaxland, well known as the "grand old man" of the New England district. He was a grandson of the explorer, the late Mr. Gregory Blaxland, and was born on 15th February, 1844, at Wollun, on the Hunter River, N.S.W. After completing his education at The King's School, which he left in 1860, he entered the services of the Australian Mutual Provident Society, Sydney, holding the position of policy clerk for the whole of Australia. Resigning from this position, he purchased in 1864 a share in a property owned by his uncle, and was later the managing partner of Torryburn, Uralla, which position he held until about 1877, when he sold out and purchased Wollun, Kentucky, a property which he owned at the time of his death.

He was a staunch member of the Church of England, and was a synod representative for fifty years in the Armidale diocese, being the chairman of committees of the Armidale Anglican Synod for a number of years. He was one of the original members of The Armidale School Board, also a member of the board of control of the Armidale Girls' School. He was for twenty years a member of the Walcha Land Board, and was patron of the Armidale Bowling Club and of the Armidale Tennis Club.

Charles Blaxland was a gentleman of sterling qualities for whom, not only relations and friends, but all the members of his old school deeply mourn. His long life was a pattern of manliness, uprightness and well-doing, and he will be sadly missed in New England.

His one son is the master of Thomas House, one of the "Prep.'' houses attached to The King's School.

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Other Obituaries for Charles Ralph Blaxland

Additional Resources

  • probate, Sydney Morning Herald, 29 July 1925, p 10

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'Blaxland, Charles Ralph (1844–1925)', Obituaries Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University, https://oa.anu.edu.au/obituary/blaxland-charles-ralph-119/text120, accessed 28 July 2021.

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