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William Forsyth (1846–1923)

William Forsyth, n.d.

William Forsyth, n.d.

from Pastoral Review, 16 February 1924

Mr. William Forsyth, of Rowchester Park, Hamilton, Victoria, a well-known breeder of Lincoln sheep, died on 25th December last, aged 77 years. He was born at Kelso, Scotland, on 25th February, 1846, and in 1856 migrated to Adelaide with his parents. After spending two years on Glencoe Station, near Mt. Gambier, the late Mr. Forsyth's father purchased Rowchester Park, near Hamilton, in the Western District of Victoria.

Until young William Forsyth reached the age of 31 he worked with his father, and then for three years managed the Bassett Estate for the late Thomas Skene. It was while he was managing this property that he received his first insight into the breeding of Lincoln sheep. When he relinquished the management at the dispersal sale of the Bassett Estate he secured some of the best rams and ewes, and so formed the foundation of the Rowchester Park Lincoln stud flock.

In the early days this stud was conducted by the late William Forsyth and his brothers, but later it went under the name of Messrs. W. and R. Forsyth. In 1895 this partnership was dissolved, and the subject of this notice continued in sole control of the stud until his death.

He was a member of the council of the Australian Sheepbreeders' Association, also a council member of the Hamilton Pastoral and Agricultural Society.

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William Forsyth, n.d.

William Forsyth, n.d.

from Pastoral Review, 16 February 1924

Life Summary [details]


25 February, 1846
Kelso, Scottish Borders, Scotland


25 December, 1923 (aged 77)
Hamilton, Victoria, Australia

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