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Peter Macpherson (1827–1894)

On Tuesday, 10th July, Mr. Macpherson was taken suddenly ill, and expired at his residence (Toorak) before his friends, or even his children, could be summoned to his side. The remains of the deceased gentleman were interred in the Kew Cemetery on Friday, the 13th, the funeral procession being followed to the grave by a large number of mourners. As a young and ardent pioneer in the early settlement and history of the country, Mr. Peter Macpherson arrived in Victoria in 1844, and joining an elder brother there, he at once entered into grazing pursuits. Nhill Station, a large area of pastoral country in Western Victoria, was held and developed by the brothers, Dugald (one of the earliest pioneers now living in Victoria) and Peter Macpherson. The brothers stuck to their occupation of stock-raising and sheep-farming. One of Mr. Dugald Macpherson's flocks was then on the spot that is now covered by the waters of Lake Wendouree. Later on Mr. Peter Macpherson bought Spring Hill Station, not far from Avoca, and, after a series of "ups" and "downs," he in 1871 or 1872 joined the late Mr. MacLachlan and Mr. R. B. Ronald in the purchase of Paika Station, near Balranald, in New South Wales. Here Mr. Peter Macpherson, with his family, resided almost continuously for upwards of twenty years.

Mr. Macpherson was a shrewd and careful observer, and travel, in various parts of the world, furnished him with a keen perception of human character, and developed in him liberal and broad ideas. He was also widely read, but withal he was of a quiet, undemonstrative nature, and somewhat reserved and distant in temperament.

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Additional Resources

  • will, Evening News (Sydney), 25 March 1895, p 5

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Life Summary [details]


22 March, 1827
Ashens, Argyll, Scotland


10 July, 1894 (aged 67)
Toorak, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Cause of Death


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