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James Muir (1837–1916)

from Brisbane Courier

An old and prominent resident of Brisbane passed away yesterday in the person of Mr. James Muir. The late Mr. Muir was born at Gatehead, near Kilmarnock, Ayrshire, Scotland, and arrived in Brisbane in the sixties. Soon after arriving in Queensland he was interested in the growing of sugar in the Logan and Albert districts, and was also one of the prime movers in the opening up of Southport as seaside resort. Later he followed the business of a land and estate agent, which he continued until his decease. The late Mr. Muir was a most enthusiastic sport, being one of Brisbane's best gun shots in the early days. He also was the father of the game of bowls in Queensland, and founded the Queensland Bowling Association, of which he was the first president. The deceased gentleman was of a retiring disposition, and although he never took an active part in public matters, he always showed the keenest interest in the progress of Brisbane and the development of the State. The deceased leaves a grown up family of three sons, and four daughters.

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28 September, 1837
Kilmaurs, Ayrshire, Scotland


6 July, 1916 (aged 78)
Kangaroo Point, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

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