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Frederick Charles Capel (1874–1951)

Frederick Capel, n.d.

Frederick Capel, n.d.

from Pastoral Review and Graziers' Record, 16 November 1951

The death occurred in Sydney last month of Mr. Frederick Charles Capel, of Piedmont, Cobbadah, N.S.W., a member of one of the oldest pastoral families in that State and himself a prominent figure in the industry for more than fifty years. Mr. Capel was the second surviving son of the late Daniel and Mrs. Capel, of Piedmont, where he was born 77 years ago. His mother was a daughter of the late William Crowley, of Cobbadah Station, while his father was the second of the seven sons of that fine old pioneer, Daniel Capel, who took up Piedmont in 1841 and who died in December 1930.

The late Mr. Frederick Capel was educated at Kemmis' Private School, Armidale, at that time the leading school in New England, and then went to work on Piedmont, which was the headquarters of six properties owned by the seven Capel brothers, working as a company. When the company was dissolved six of the brothers acquired one of the properties each, while the seventh took his share in cash. Daniel secured Piedmont; George, Campo Santo; Charles, Gorian; Albert, Derra Derra; and Henry, Menedabri. Ouyan, which had been part of Piedmont, was resumed by the Government, and when thrown open for leasing was acquired by Frederick Charles, the subject of this notice. Subsequently, Mr. Capel also bought Gorian Station, near Burren Junction, and Rockvale, which adjoins Glen Arthur, Cobbadah.

Piedmont was formed into a pastoral company in 1915 with Mr. Capel as managing director, and he continued in that capacity until his death, while his only child, Mr. J. F. Capel, took over Ouyan Station.

The late Mr. Frederick Capel was a great lover of thoroughbred breeding and racing. He was one of the oldest living members of the Australian Jockey Club, a vice-president of the Barraba Jockey Club and a vice-president of the Barraba P.A. and H. Association. He was also an active member of the Sydney Gun Club and many other clubs and sporting bodies in that city, while in 1921 he joined the board of the Country Producers' Selling Co., Sydney. Mr. Capel was a man of few words and completely unassuming, but the sound advice he was able to offer on pastoral and associated business matters was at the disposal of all and was freely availed of by many. He was in good health until a couple of years ago and only became seriously ill after returning to Sydney from Piedmont, where he had been for the shearing.

Mr. Capel is survived by his son Jim, of Ouyan, his brothers Will and Lyle, and his sisters—Miss Elsie Capel, Mrs. Gwendoline Capel, and Mrs. H. S. McMaster.

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