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J. C. Kininmonth (?–1954)

The death occurred on the 26th November at Mt Hesse, Winchelsea, Victoria, of Mr. J. C. Kininmonth, D.S.O., the well-known controller of Mt. Hesse Estate. He was the only son of the late Mr. J. L. Kininmonth, who managed Barunah Plains, Victoria, for many years, subsequently establishing himself at Mt. Hesse in 1882 where he laid the foundations of the well-known Mt. Hesse fine Merino stud and flock which has been so ably carried on by his son to the present day.

Mr. Kininmonth's education commenced in Scotland, and subsequently he attended Geelong College and Ormond College Melbourne University. Throughout the First World War he served on the staff of the 1st Division A.I.F., being present at the landing on Gallipoli and later in France, and was awarded the Distinguished Service Order for his services. In the Second World War he organised and commanded the South Western Group of five battalions of the V.D.C. with the rank of Colonel.

He was a member of the Winchelsea Shire Council for 11 years and took a great interest and a prominent part in all movements for the good of his district. During the recent flooding of the "Creeping Lakes," although a considerable sufferer himself from this cause, he helped many farmers who were flooded out by providing them with fodder and taking their cattle free of agistment.

No man was more universally respected and regarded in the Western District of Victoria, and his passing will be mourned by a large circle of friends in almost all walks of life.

Mr. Kininmonth leaves a widow, the daughter of the late Mr. H. Hopkins, of Cooa, Winchelsea, Vic., with two sons and two daughters, and a son and daughter of a previous marriage, for whom the deepest sympathy will be felt.

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