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George McArthur King (1870–?)

Mr. George McArthur Gidley King, at one time superintendent in Australia of the Peel River Land and Mineral Company, died at Tamworth recently.

Mr. King was the eldest son of the late Mr. George Bartholomew Gidley King, and was born at Banksia, Double Bay, in 1870. After receiving education at Miss Macauley's school and The Kings School, he entered the service of the company at Goonoo Goonoo. His grandfather, Mr. Philip Gidley King, M.L.C., was then superintendent, and his father, the manager. Deceased succeeded his father as superintendent in 1910, and held the position until 1930, when he retired to live on the estate near Tamworth.

The history of the association of the family with the Peel River Co. dates back to 1839, when Admiral Philip Parker King, son of Philip Gidley King, the third Governor of New South Wales, who arrived with Governor Phillip at the foundation of the colony, was appointed as the Commissioner for the Australian Agricultural Company. Later, when the Peel River Land and Mineral Company was formed as its offshoot, his son, Philip Gidley King, was appointed the first superintendent, and he was succeeded by his son, the late George B. Gidley King, who, in turn, was succeeded by his son, the late George McArthur Gidley King.

Mr. King married Miss A. C. Lloyd, and is survived by Mrs. King, three daughters, and five sons.

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