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Carter, Alexander Hunter (1872–1957)

Alexander Carter, n.d.

Alexander Carter, n.d.

from Pastoral Review and Graziers' Record, 16 August 1957

With the passing of Mr. Alexander Hunter Carter in Sydney on 14th June the Nyngan district of New South Wales lost one its early pioneers and a man of undoubted personality. It was only three weeks earlier that the death of his wife was chronicled after she had paid a visit to Sydney to see her husband who had previously broken his leg in a fall at Lismore, N.S.W.

The late Mr. Carter was born at sea off the coast of New South Wales on 27th December 1872 in the interstate sailing vessel Pioneer, being the second son of Ernest and Elizabeth (nee Beveridge) Carter, of Streatham, England. He was educated at Cooerwall Academy Private School, Bowenfels, and commenced his long association with the pastoral industry on his father's property, Goolmangar, Richmond River, in 1886. Later he became manager of the property, and at that time served as a trooper in the Lismore Lancers with his brother, who still resides at Goolmangar.

In 1896 he sought wider pastoral experience in Queensland and New South Wales and in 1898 acquired Middlefield, a wheat and sheep property in the Cootamundra (N.S.W.) district. In 1901 he married Isabella Margaret Galvin, a daughter of a Cootamundra district pioneer, and the following year moved to Western Australia, where he purchased land in the Katanning and Broome Hill districts. He engaged in sheep and wheat growing there until 1907, when he sold out and returned to New South Wales. He purchased from his brother Coreen, near Nyngan, a property previously held by their uncle, John Beveridge, and now known as Tikkara and held by two of his sons. By his own efforts, and with the unfailing support of his wife, the late Mr. Carter was able to start each of his seven sons on the land and had the satisfaction of seeing them prosper.

A big pleasant man of genial disposition, gifted with the ability of making quotations from the classics simplify any situation, Mr. Carter is survived by a family of ten children, all of whom are settled on the land:—Ernest, at Warren, N.S.W.; Hastings and Bob, at Nyngan; Wally, at Young; Marie (Mrs. T. Kennedy), Coonamble; Margaret (Mrs. P. Ward), Nyngan; Rose (Mrs. R. Lampe), Warren; Matt and Jack, Nyngan; and Tom, of Western Australia. He also leaves 40 grandchildren and five great grandchildren.

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Alexander Carter, n.d.

Alexander Carter, n.d.

from Pastoral Review and Graziers' Record, 16 August 1957