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George Lyon Ryder (1844–1927)

by A.W.P.

George Ryder, n.d.

George Ryder, n.d.

from Pastoral Review, 16 June 1927

Another dear friend of many years' standing in Mr. George Lyon Ryder, late of Quanda Station, Coonamble, N.S.W., passed away on the 22nd of May at his residence in Roseville, Sydney, aged 83 years.

One of Australia's pioneer pastoralists, and a man beloved by all, he was born in Sydney in 1844, being the seventh son of the late Mr. Thomas U. Ryder, one of the pioneers of the Hunter River district, N.S.W., and also of Victoria. On the completion of his education, and when twenty years of age, George Ryder, with his two brothers, Edmund and Thomas, went to Fiji, taking up land and cotton growing with marked success, as well as assisting largely in the development of the island.

About 1882 he returned to Australia, and in conjunction with his brothers purchased Calga Station, in the Coonamble district, N.S.W., a property on which they founded a highclass stud of Merino sheep. Calga was held until 1905, when the partnership was dissolved, but part of the station and part of the stud flock were retained by Mr. G. L. Ryder. The former he called Quanda, but it was sold some seven years ago, when Mr. Ryder retired from active pastoral life, though still retaining a keen interest in country affairs.

He is survived by his widow and two sons, Messrs. E. L. Ryder and R. Ryder, both of whom are interested in grazing in the nor'-west of New South Wales, while the former is also a partner in Messrs. Hain and Searight, Sydney.

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George Ryder, n.d.

George Ryder, n.d.

from Pastoral Review, 16 June 1927