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John McNally (1857–1954)

Mr. John McNally, a pioneer of the Longreach district in Central Queensland, died last month at Sydney at the age of 97. For many years he operated two carriers' teams over the roads from Barcaldine through country which later became the Longreach settlement, and down the Thomson River to Windorah. The late Mr. McNally first became associated with the grazing industry in partnership with the late Mr. A. Brunner in 1898, when they selected Bandon Grove, near Longreach. Subsequently the partnership acquired other properties, including Spring Hill and Gloucester. When the partnership was dissolved in 1911, John McNally and Company was formed and took over these properties. Apart from his interest in grazing, the late Mr. McNally was noted for horse breeding, his horses having won almost every trophy in Central Western Queensland. He was a member of the Longreach Shire Council from 1906 to 1908, and was a member of the Longreach Hospital Committee. His wife died in 1937, and he subsequently remarried. Cr. W. A. McNally, who has been a member of the Longreach Shire Council for the past 20 years, is a son.

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