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Patrick I. (Paddy) Rowe (?–1956)

The death in Sydney last month of Mr. Patrick I. (Paddy) Rowe removed a man who was widely known and highly respected in pastoral circles throughout eastern Australia. A member of a pioneering pastoral family, Mr. Rowe was a son of the late Mr. John Louis Rowe, who at one time owned Borambil, Condobolin, N.S.W.

Mr. Paddy Rowe, who was born at Borambil, early worked in a stock and station agency in Sydney, but after gaining some station experience was employed by A. H. Oliver and Co., stock and station agents, at Coonamble, N.S.W. He there met the late Mr. W. M. Keogh, of Warrana, Coonamble, with whom he was later associated in a partnership which acquired several pastoral properties, including Youendah, Walgett, N.S.W., Arabella, Charleville, Q., and Booroomba, Queanbeyan, N.S.W.

The Booroomba Pastoral Company was established by Mr. Rowe in the late 20's and he acted as managing director from its inception. Apart from Booroomba itself, properties owned by the Booroomba Pastoral Company included Miralwyn, Walgett, Bolivia, Tenterfield, N.S.W., Kingsgate, Glen Innes, N.S.W., South Gundibri, Merriwa, N.S.W., and Teeswater, Mitchell, Q. Mr. Rowe's operations on the sheep and cattle markets provided a useful barometer to many members of the industry, and they exerted a powerful influence on dealings over a great area.

As a keen racing man Mr. Rowe's colours were well-known and popular on the turf. He raced many horses in partnership with Mr. Keogh, while more recently he had himself scored a number of notable successes.

Mr. Rowe is survived by his widow, two daughters, Mrs. John Read and Miss Nola Rowe, of Sydney, and five sons:—Dr. Denis Rowe, Macquarie St., Sydney; J. A. Rowe, Talawanta, Brewarrina, N.S.W.; P. L. Rowe, Jnr., of South Gundibri, Merriwa; Richard Rowe, of Moomin Plains, Rowena, N.S.W.; and Dr. Charles Rowe, of Young, N.S.W.

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'Rowe, Patrick I. (Paddy) (?–1956)', Obituaries Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University,, accessed 28 May 2024.

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