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John James (?–1916)

One of the most prominent stock breeders of Victoria, Mr. John James, died on the 23rd inst. at his Derrimut home, Ondit, in the Colac district. The late Mr. James, who had attained an advanced age at the time of his death, came to Australia in 1873, when he had charge of four Shorthorn bulls, consigned to Mr. Richard Morbon, of Mount Derrimut. When the Mount Derrimut cattle were sold, Mr. James transferred the herd to the property of Messrs. Robertson Bros., of Colac, where he stayed for over ten years. Mr. James made several trips to England, each visit producing new and distinguished importations of Clydesdales and Shorthorns. King of Hearts and Patron were two of the most important Clydesdale stallions imported by Mr. James, and after the last Sydney show this veteran breeder secured 1100 guineas for Wigul, Duke of Derrimut, a typical Shorthorn bull of the Ondit herd. The late Mr. James in his time acted as a live stock judge at all the leading shows in Australia and New Zealand.

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