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Leslie Mervyn T. Seccombe (1874–1957)

Leslie Seccombe, n.d.

Leslie Seccombe, n.d.

from Pastoral Review and Graziers' Record, 16 April 1957

The death occurred last month of Mr. Leslie M. T. Seccombe, of Evesham, Rowena, N.S.W., a well-known and highly respected figure in grazing circles over a wide area of New South Wales and Queensland.

Mr. Seccombe was born at Gresford, Paterson, N.S.W., in 1874 and after receiving his education at Enfield, Sydney, went as a jackeroo to Tariarro Station, Narrabri, N.S.W., which at that time was managed by the late Mr. Brown, who had as his overseer the late Neil Garland. Mr. Seccombe left Tariarro in 1883 to go to a selection on Mercadool, near Walgett but in 1895 he became overseer on Morendah, in the same district, and stayed there until 1898, when he was appointed overseer on Collymongle, Collarenebri, at that time owned by Mr. Pearse and managed by Mr. A. T. Smith. While at Collymongle Mr. Seccombe volunteered for the Boer War, but his services were not accepted. When Collymongle was sold in 1902 he went to Boree Station, which was then owned by the Pedley family and had Mr. Garland as manager.

Eighteen months later Mr. Seccombe went as overseer to Evesham, Morella, Q., but he left Evesham in 1907 and joined the firm of stock and station agents, Cadden and Seccombe, at Burren Junction, N.S.W. Subsequently, he selected an area of 4600 acres of Bunna Bunna Station, Pilliga, and called the block Evesham, in memory of his happy association with the Queensland property of the same name. When he first selected Evesham, finance was very difficult, but after many disappointments Mr. B. B. Allen, wool manager of the A.M.L, and F. Co. Ltd., accommodated him and subsequently they became firm friends.

Mr. Seccombe always took a keen interest in district activities. He formed the Namoi Picnic Race Club in 1909, and in 1919 established a branch of the Graziers' Association of New South Wales at Rowena. In 1924 he was appointed president of this branch and a councillor for the Namoi division, positions which he held for many years. In 1927 he contested the Namoi electorate as a Nationalist candidate, but was narrowly defeated. Ill-health in the early '30's caused him to curtail his activities to a considerable extent, but he still retained his interest in many organisations connected with the grazing industry.

In 1909 Mr. Seccombe married Miss Hilda Long, of Cubaroo, Burren Junction, N.S.W., and he is survived by his widow, one daughter, Miss Nancy Seccombe, and three sons—Mervyn, Leigh and Douglas.

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Leslie Seccombe, n.d.

Leslie Seccombe, n.d.

from Pastoral Review and Graziers' Record, 16 April 1957

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Paterson, New South Wales, Australia


1957 (aged ~ 83)
New South Wales, Australia

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