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Jeffrey, Peter (1841–1922)

Mr. Peter Jeffrey, who passed away at his home, Mingoola Station, Tenterfield, N.S.W., in February, was in his eighty-first year. He was born in Scotland, 10th September, 1841, and was the son of the late Captain George Jeffrey, who, having resigned his commission in the British Army, came to Australia in 1850 with his wife and young family, and after some years at Bendigo, Victoria, purchased Blairmore Station, Aberdeen.

After the death of his father, Mr. Peter Jeffrey acquired Blairmore, but sold it in 1874 and bought Mingoola, which was then a large cattle station, just on the border of New South Wales and Queensland, and comprising land in both States.

In 1903 Mr. Jeffrey bought Cracow Station, Queensland, and stocked it with the well-known RL7 herd of Hereford cattle. Later he handed Cracow over to his eldest son.

Mr. Jeffrey was a man of strong personality, a cheery, unassuming character, a true Scotchman, courageous, large hearted, full of energy. One of the grand old men of the pioneer type who went out fearlessly to "blaze a track," and who, backed by an indomitable will, proved his staying power, and won the respect and esteem of those who knew him. He leaves a large circle of friends.

Mr. Jeffery married in 1870 Miss Margaret Kermode, Mona Vale, Walcha, by whom he had five children. She died in 1884, and in 1889 he married Miss E. A. Palmer, Toowoomba, by whom he is survived. Two of his children died in infancy, one son, Norman, was killed in Gallipoli in 1916, and one, Arthur, died after his return from the French front in 1919. The sole surviving son is Mr. G. K. Jeffery, of Blairmore Station, Gayndah, Queensland.

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'Jeffrey, Peter (1841–1922)', Obituaries Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University, https://oa.anu.edu.au/obituary/jeffrey-peter-527/text528, accessed 23 April 2021.

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