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John Carr Lord (1844–1911)

It is with regret that we have to record the death of one of the best- known and most-respected residents of the Midlands district in the person of Mr. John Carr Lord, of Sorell Springs, Antill Ponds, who died at his residence there yesterday morning. Mr. Lord had been suffering for some time from heart trouble, brought on originally by a ride into Oatlands on a very hot day. He had always been an exceedingly active man and up till the time of his illness was still able to ride almost as well as ever, although he was sixty-six years of age.

Mr. Lord belonged to an old Hobart family, being a son of the late Hon. James Lord, of Hobartville. James Lord and his brother John were well-known figures in Hobart about the middle of last century, when they occupied premises on the site of the present Post Office. Mr J. C. Lord married Miss Windsor, and leaves a family of one son and six daughters.

He took an interest in municipal affairs, and was for some time Warden of Oatlands under the old municipal system. Like most of his family, he was passionately fond of all kinds of outdoor sport, particularly horse-racing, hunting, and cricket. Before Elwick was transformed into a racecourse Mr Lord owned and raced horses and was among the front rank of gentleman riders of his day. Becoming possessed of some of the offspring of the celebrated brood mare Mirror, imported to Tasmania by the late Hon. John Lord, deceased formed a stud, and bred several horses that distinguished themselves here and in other parts of Australia. For several years Mr. Lord was hon. secretary of the Midland Jockey Club, and was also one of the officials of the Campbell Town Racing Club. He was one of the Tasmanian eleven that played against the Melbourne Club on the occasion of the opening of the Southern Tasmanian Cricket Association ground in the year 1882. Mr Lord, who had graduated as a first class cricketer in the Old Country, on several occasions played for Tasmania against All England teams. He was an excellent field and a really good batsman. Of late he was the popular master of the Midland hounds, and although advanced in years, astride his favourite hunter, Woorall, no fence was too formidable for him, or no day in the saddle too long when following the hounds. He had got together as pretty a pack of hounds as a lover of this pastime could desire to see.

Our Oatlands correspondent thus sums up his character:—"A very honourable gentleman—always ready to help others in the hour of need, his death will be greatly felt in our district, and the deep sympathy of the district is with the family in their bereavement."

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21 July, 1844
Campbell Town, Tasmania, Australia


25 May, 1911 (aged 66)
Oatlands, Tasmania, Australia

Cause of Death

heart disease

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