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Donald Forbes (1847–1925)

Donald Forbes, n.d.

Donald Forbes, n.d.

from Pastoral Review, 15 August 1925

The death of Mr. Donald Forbes, late of South Australia, which occurred while on a visit to relatives in Western Australia, removes a very striking figure in stud breeding circles, and also in the show rings of Australia. 

Although born in Scotland Mr. Forbes came to Australia at a very early age, and his first employer was Mr. Robert McDougall, but it was as chief herdsman to Mr. J. H. Angas, of South Australia, that he was best known. He changed over from Mr. McDougall to the late Mr. J. H. Angas in 1879, and for a great number of years was chief herdsman, taking particular interest in Shorthorn and Hereford cattle. He was known throughout Australia and New Zealand, not only when he was in charge of prize cattle in the ring, but also as a judge. The late Mr. Forbes was in his 78th year, and judged cattle for the last time at the Sydney Royal Show in 1924. The news of his death was received with much regret in stud cattle circles throughout the Commonwealth, for old Donald Forbes was a most popular and genial character.

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Donald Forbes, n.d.

Donald Forbes, n.d.

from Pastoral Review, 15 August 1925

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1925 (aged ~ 78)
Western Australia, Australia

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