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Melrose, George Stanley (1886–1927)

Many people in South Australia will mourn the death of Mr. George Stanley Melrose, on the 31st January, at the age of 40 years, after a brief illness.

A member of one of the State's best known pastoral families, he was born at Rosebank, Mount Pleasant—his grandfather's estate—on the 3rd November, 1886. He was the eldest son of the late Mr. James Melrose, of Wangaraleednie, Franklin Harbour, and Willogoleche, Hallett, and was educated at Queen's School, North Adelaide, and Hahndorf College.

At the conclusion of his scholastic studies George Melrose entered the service of Elder, Smith and Co. Limited for several years. He subsequently managed his father's property, Merringulla, on the River Darling. In 1910 he visited England, and upon his return took over the management of Willogoleche.

When war broke out Mr. Melrose enlisted with the Australian Field Artillery, and saw active service in France, where he suffered from gas poisoning. Upon the death of his father in 1922 he inherited Willogoleche, where he resided.

On the 2nd June, 1920, he married Ethel Janet Baker, the only daughter of Mr. Charles E. Baker, a London solicitor. Mr. and Mrs. Baker recently came out to South Australia on a visit to Willogoleche. Mr. Melrose leaves a widow, two sons and a daughter.

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'Melrose, George Stanley (1886–1927)', Obituaries Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University, https://oa.anu.edu.au/obituary/melrose-george-stanley-1349/text1346, accessed 20 September 2021.

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