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George Earp (1892–1951)

George Earp, n.d.

George Earp, n.d.

from Pastoral Review and Graziers' Record, 19 January 1951

Mr. George Howard Earp, of Athlea, Glenrowan, Vic., whose death on 27th November was briefly reported in these columns last month, was a pioneer in pasture improvement work in the North East of Victoria and always took a particular interest in the scientific side of farming, especially as regards stock management and soil conservation work. On several occasions Government scientists carried out experiments on his Wangaratta, Vic., and such pasture experts as Mr. Harry Alexander, of Leeton, N.S.W., he extensively improved the carrying capacity of his land, first by the establishment of clovers and imported grasses, and later by studying and practising modern ley farming methods.

Mr. Earp was born in New Zealand 59 years ago, but came to Australia as a child and received his education at Melbourne Grammar School. After leaving school he studied architecture and had just qualified in his profession at the outbreak of the 1st World War. He enlisted, and became a member of the original 5th Battalion, A.I.F., attaining the rank of lieutenant before the end of the war.

In 1923 Mr. Earp purchased Athlea and immediately set about improving his country. He became interested in Dorset Horn sheep, established a stud in 1927, and was soon well known as an exhibitor at Victorian and inter-State shows and as a competent judge of the breed. He also played his part in local district affairs, serving for many years as a councillor of the Benalla Agricultural Society.

Mr. Earp married Miss Louisa Peck, a daughter of the late Mr. Harry Peck, well known in Victorian and Riverina livestock circles for many years, and his wife and four daughters survive him.

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George Earp, n.d.

George Earp, n.d.

from Pastoral Review and Graziers' Record, 19 January 1951

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New Zealand


27 November, 1951 (aged ~ 59)