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Duncan Macdonald (1860–1914)

Mr. Duncan MacDonald, fourth son of the late Mr. Donald MacDonald, of Laggan, near Crookwell, N.S.W., died last month at Lloella, near Goulburn, at the age of 54, after an illness of about two months.

Mr. MacDonald, who was unmarried, was born at Laggan and had been from his youth up engaged in pastoral pursuits. With his brothers he held interests in Fossil Downs Station, in West Australia, and frequently took charge of stock sent to that place. In the early days he travelled a good deal with two of his brothers, the late Messrs. William and Charles MacDonald, but was not with them when they accomplished their memorable overland trip, about 1882. It occupied three years, and was accomplished in the teeth of stupendous difficulties. When the brothers, who started from Goulburn, arrived at their destination, there was only a remnant of the stock with which they started, the balance being made up of the progeny of the original herd.

On the death of Mr. W. N. MacDonald, nearly four years ago, Messrs. Duncan and Donald MacDonald purchased Fossil Downs Station, becoming joint owners. The late Mr. Duncan MacDonald was not of a robust disposition, having contracted rheumatic fever in early youth, and during two of his visits to the northwest he had attacks of malaria, which were the primary cause of his death at a comparatively early age. He was much esteemed by those who knew him intimately.

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Laggan, New South Wales, Australia


15 June, 1914 (aged ~ 54)
Goulburn, New South Wales, Australia

Cause of Death