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Augustus James (Gus) Rose (1861–1942)

Mr. Augustus James Rose, more familiarly known to horse racing enthusiasts as "Gus" Rose, passed away in the Tamworth Base Hospital on Sunday, July 19, at the age of 81 years.

The late Mr. Rose as a young man was employed by the late Mr. J. R. Smith as a horse-breaker on Tucka Tucka Station. On leaving there he came to Warialda and was for many years employed as trainer by the late Mr. W. B. Geddes, who was also a keen racing man. Tucka Tucka was then famous for its stud, and the progeny of Gozo and of important sires were sent by Mr. Smith to his great friend, Mr. Geddes, to be trained and tried out on the Warialda course, those outstanding passing on to Sydney for bigger stakes. Many metropolitan winners were first trained at Warialda by the late Mr. Rose.

On leaving Warialda deceased went to Sydney. At the age of 38 he married in Brisbane and took up his abode in Moree. Nine years later he went to Tamworth where he was hotel keeping until 1918. After that he again concentrated on horse training, principally at Newcastle.

He is survived by one son, Mr. Gus Rose, Tamworth, and one daughter, Mrs. M. J. Sloane, of Chatswood. His wife predeceased him six years.

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New South Wales, Australia


19 July, 1942 (aged ~ 81)
Tamworth, New South Wales, Australia