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Donald MacFarlane (1856–1934)


Mr. Donald Macfarlane who was well known throughout New South Wales as a sheep breeder and as chairman of the Australasian Corriedale Society died yesterday in his 78th year.

Mr. Macfarlane was born at Blair Atholl, Perthshire, Scotland, and was educated at the Perth Academy and at the Edinburgh Academy. Leaving Scotland as a young man Mr. Macfarlane proceeded to New Zealand where he became associated with the New Zealand and Australian Land Company, for which he managed several properties in the Dominion, afterwards acquiring a property of his own in the Canterbury district. In 1911 he came to Australia and purchased properties in Queensland and New South Wales. Among the properties with which he was recently associated were Cullingral, Merriwa, and Budden, and Eurella, Rylstone. Mr. Macfarlane specialised in the breeding of Corriedale sheep, and was one of the principal exhibitors at sheep shows in New South Wales. He was elected a member of the council of the Royal Agricultural Society of New South Wales in 1919, and was a member of the building and works committee of that organisation.

Mr. Macfarlane is survived by six sons and two daughters. The funeral will take place this afternoon, following a service at St. Stephen's, Church commencing at 2.15 pm.

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27 December, 1856
Blair Atholl, Perthshire, Scotland


20 September, 1934 (aged 77)
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

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