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James Carden Collins (1829–1916)

A very old identity in James Carden Collins died at Yeppoon yesterday (our Rockhampton correspondent wired last night) Deceased was born in Trinidad in 1829 being a son of Captain Collins, who served in the Indian Navy. Captain Collins came to Sydney shortly after his son's birth, and received a grant of 640 acres of land at Bathurst, but subsequently took up farming at Maitland. Young Collins was taken to England as an infant and remained there until he was 13 years old returning to Australia in 1842. As the years went on James Carden Collins formed Tambourine station on the Albert River, but subsequently sold it and formed Maroon, where he tried sheep breeding in conjunction with cattle but finding that sheep did not do well he devoted himself entirely to cattle. Collins sold Maroon and settled at Baffle Creek his property being known as Thorphill. Subsequently he acted as cattle selector for the Central Queensland Meat Export Co and then took over the management of Torilla. He took up country on Torilla, which he called Langham. There he lived for ten years and afterwards became manager of Woodlands near Yeppoon residing there for ten years. He then retired and lived with his son, who purchased part of Woodlands. Collins was a magnificent horseman both on the flat and over timber and in his young days there were few better than he with his hands. Even in later years he was no mean antagonist. Deceased had a wonderful memory, and could relate many strange tales of the early days.

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Additional Resources

  • death notice, Maryborough Chronicle (Qld), 8 June 1916, p 4

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'Collins, James Carden (1829–1916)', Obituaries Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University,, accessed 17 June 2024.

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Life Summary [details]


5 February, 1829
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia


5 June, 1916 (aged 87)
Yeppoon, Queensland, Australia

Cause of Death

general debility

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