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William Douglas Crozier (1872–1933)

Mr. William Douglas Crozier, a member of one of the best-known pastoral families in the State, and a successful Merino breeder, died yesterday at his home at Markaranka, aged 61. He was a son of Mr. William Crozier, and the grandson of Mr. John Crozier, one of the pioneer members of the Legislative Council. He was born at his father's station, Moorna, near Wentworth (N.S.W.), and educated at St. Peter's College. He started his Merino stud at Rockbrook Station, Kapunda, and showed the champion ram at Adelaide Royal Shows in 1898 and 1903. On the death of his father in 1909 he bought in Moorna Station at auction for £52,000, and Bunnerungie, about 50 miles away, which had been worked with it. Bunnerungie was sold, and Mr. Crozier continued to work the 250,000 acres comprising Moorna for some years, until he sold it to Mr. Ben Chaffey. He retained about 4,000 acres near the mouth of the Anabranch, under the name of Tona.

A few years ago Mr. Crozier bought Markaranka, a property of about 4,000 acres, on the Murray, about 20 miles north of Morgan, where he ran sheep, high-class Shorthorn cattle, and Clydesdales.

He was an excellent judge of horses, and about 20 years ago was a racehorse owner. Perhaps the best known of his stable was Janice, with which he won a Tattersalls Cup. He also won a number of races with the hurdler Kulcarna, which went to Melbourne and ran into a second place in the Grand National. Muldoon had two wins in one day at a Port Adelaide meeting.

Mr. Crozier leaves a widow, formerly Miss Sylvia yon Bertouch, and one son, Douglas William Wallace Crozier. His four sisters are Mrs. G. Kernot (Melbourne), Mrs. M. M. Sanders (Virginia Park), Mrs. L. M. Darby (Toorak), and Miss Allison Crozier.

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