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George Macdonald (1824–1924)

Mr. George Macdonald, who celebrated his 100th birthday three months ago, died at his residence, Glendarrwill, Lethbridge, near Elaine, after a brief illness.

Born in Campelltown (N.S.W.), he was said to be Australia's oldest native. He came to Victoria with his wife and six children 72 years ago, travelling overland in a bullock dray.

He was a member of a family of 10, who all reached advanced ages.

There was not a death in the family for 70 years.

Then six died in two years, all over 76. The youngest of the family, a brother, aged 71, died last week. The deceased, who was a farmer, had never lost a tooth and never suffered with any serious illness.

Up to a few weeks ago he was able to carry on the business on his farm, where he had lived for over half a century.

Original publication

Additional Resources

  • death notice, Argus (Melbourne), 27 March 1924, p 1
  • funeral, Geelong Advertiser, 31 March 1924, p 9

Citation details

'Macdonald, George (1824–1924)', Obituaries Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University,, accessed 18 June 2024.

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Life Summary [details]


3 January, 1824
Campbelltown, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia


25 March, 1924 (aged 100)
Maude, Victoria, Australia

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