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Alfred Percy Lord (1852–1927)

Mr. Alfred Percy Lord, late of Victoria Downs, Queensland, who died last month, was born in Tasmania in 1852, and when still a boy went to Queensland, and for a few years lived in the northern part of the State. Later he became associated with the Australian Joint Stock Bank, and at an early age was promoted to the position of manager at Gympie, which position he retained for fifteen years. Always wishing for country life he retired from the position of manager in 1894, and with his family went to the Monaro, in New South Wales, having purchased Kiah Lake. With various ups and downs in pastoral matters a return was made to Queensland in 1906.

Mr. Lord's great ambition was to see his family well started in life, and his return to Queensland eventually led to his realising his wish. Assisted by his sons, Victoria Downs stud was commenced, and Chatham, Dunstan and Biddenham were also acquired. Chatham and Dunstan have been sold, leaving the following properties, which are now in the possession of his sons—Robert Percy on Victoria Downs, Reginald Simeon on Biddenham, Alfred Victor on Lorne Peaks, and Arthur Brougham on Metavale. Another son, Francis Guy, died only a few months previous to his father. Subsequently the late Mr. Lord left the working of the properties to his sons, and himself retired from active control, residing in Sydney.

As well as being a keen business man, Mr. Lord always took a great interest in sport, representing New South Wales in bowls, and he was also selected for one of the teams going to England. In addition to the sons mentioned he leaves three daughters—Ruby Catherine, Louisa Pearl, and a married daughter, Mrs. Beryl Midgley. His first wife was Catherine Anne Hillcoat, who predeceased him in 1907.

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