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Colin Sinclair (1848–1920)

In the death of Colin Sinclair, at his residence in Sydney on 19th ult., at the age of 78 years, there passed away one who took a considerable part in pastoral pioneer work.

A Scottish Highlander by birth, the son of a farmer, he arrived in Victoria in 1862, and got his first experience on Glengower Station, Vic., belonging to Mr. D. Campbell, father of the late Mr. J. A. Campbell, dipping sheep for scab. About a year later he got the position of jackeroo with the late John McMillan, who then as manager for the late Hugh Glass was forming Clare Station, in the Balranald district of New South Wales. After a while Colin Sinclair was promoted to an overseership, and travelled in charge of the sheep when compelled to abandon the place for want of water.

In 1868 he got the management of Springfield, in the Victorian Mallee country, which fell soon afterwards to the Bank of New South Wales, for whom he managed until sold - about early in 1870. After that he was appointed manager of another station for the bank on the King River, Wangaratta district, Vic., where he had an opportunity of turning to account his experience with scab in sheep. After eradicating the disease there the place was sold, and Mr. Sinclair next took charge of Dunmore Station, in the Western District of Victoria for Dr. Fairy.

After some years there he was offered the management of North Goonambil for the late Godfrey McKinnon. This he accepted, and continued there until 1885, when he accepted the management of Dungalear, in the Walgett district, N.S.W., for the late J. A. Campbell. While there he was able to buy Moongulla in 1889, but continued the management of Dungalear until the end of 1894, when he retired to pay closer attention to his own place, where he resided until his son was old enough to take charge. A widow, three sons, and three daughters survive him.

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19 November, 1920 (aged ~ 72)
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

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