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Alexander Ross (1843–1912)

Mr. Alexander Ross, M.L.C., a prominent pastoralist died of heart failure in the early hours of Saturday morning at his residence, Trieste, Belmore-road, Randwick.

Deceased was born at Rutherglen, Scotland, on November 21, 1843. He received his primary education in Scotland, and came to Australia with his parents and brothers late in 1854. The family settled near Gumeracha, in South Australia, and engaged in farming and agricultural implement making.

In 1867 the family came to New South Wales, and turned pastoralists, their initial effort being made near Albury. At that time the firm was known as Alexander Ross and Sons, but in 1882, upon the founder's death, it was styled Ross Bros. The brothers were Alexander, John, James, William, and Robert.

Deceased is survived by the other members of the firm, which owns four stations in the Germanton district, known as Kinross, Billabong, Hillside, and Clifton. It also owns stations in Inverell, Narrandera, and other districts in the State.

For many years deceased was a warm supporter of Sir William Lyne, M.P., the parting of the ways taking place when Sir William practically adopted the Labour party's policy. Sir William Lyne nominated deceased for the N.S.W. Legislative Council, and he was appointed in June, 1900.

The Presbyterian Church had a good friend in the deceased, who was a prominent member of it. Several years ago he laid the foundation-stone of the Germanton Presbyterian Church, towards the cost of which Ross Bros. contributed £2000.

The late gentleman was actively interested in public matters at Germanton, where the funeral will take place to-day. He leaves a widow, but no family.

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Additional Resources

  • will, Sydney Stock and Station Journal, 28 March 1913, p 13

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Life Summary [details]


21 November, 1843
Rutherglen, Lanarkshire, Scotland


27 September, 1912 (aged 68)
Randwick, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Cause of Death

heart disease

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