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James Ley Row (1862–1955)

Mr. James Ley Row, who died at his residence at Killara, Sydney, last month, at the age of 93, was the son of an Australian wool pioneer. His father, Edward Row, was a Yorkshireman who after an early training as a wool buyer in England came to Australia. On arrival in Sydney he secured employment at Thomas Hall's wool scour, but later went to Melbourne and started in business for himself as a wool buyer and seller. The business made good progress, first as Edward Row and Co. and later as Row, Kirk and Co. In 1853 Richard Goldsbrough bought out the business and for some time the firm was known as R. Goldsbrough, Row and Co.

Mr. James Row was educated at Scotch College, Melbourne, and at the age of 15 was taken into the employment of Mr. Goldsbrough.

Four years later, in 1881, he was sent to Sydney as the first officer appointed to the newly opened Sydney branch. Mr. Row was Mr. Goldsbrough's first Sydney auctioneer and wool valuer and continued in that position until 1888. At that date he joined Dalgety and Co. Ltd. as wool valuer and auctioneer, and held this position up to the time of his retirement, in 1925. His service to the trade was recognised when he retired, the Sydney wool selling brokers presenting him with an illuminated address congratulating him on his work in the Sydney trade.

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