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Samuel Furneaux (Barney) Mann (1866–1954)

Better known to his many friends as "Barney" Mann, Mr. Samuel Furneaux Mann, of Lawrenny Station, near Caramut, and North Minjah, Vic., died on 17th July at the age of 88 years. The late Mr. Mann purchased Lawrenny in 1903 from the late Mr. MacArthur and North Minjah from the Ware family. Both properties were renowned for the wool clips they produced and for the Hereford cattle they bred.

The late Mr. Mann was the son of a prominent Ballarat solicitor, whose family was connected with Captain Tobias Furneaux, R.N., who commanded the second ship in Captain Cook's second voyage to the Pacific. He was educated at the Geelong Grammar School and for two years rowed in the Head of the River with the school's eight. On one occasion when his oar broke he jumped overboard into the Yarra to relieve the crew of his dead weight. Apart from being a splendid oar he was a good footballer, cricketer, tennis and polo player, and golfer. For many years he was a regular follower of the Ballarat Hounds when Mr. Bob Affleck was master and Mr. Jim Scobie whip.

The late Mr. Mann was a great lover of nature, particularly of trees, flowers, and birds, and did much towards the planting of trees at the Geelong Grammar School, Corio, and at the Barwon Heads Golf Club. At one time he owned a magnificent collection of aboriginal weapons and presented these several years ago to the Melbourne Museum. His wife, the former Miss Celie Affleck, predeceased him about a year ago, but he is survived by two sons, Messrs. Jim and Ian Mann, and two daughters, Miss Cecile Mann, who resides at Lawrenny, and Mary, Mrs. Malcolm, whose husband is an aide-de-camp to the Governor of South Australia.

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