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Duncan Sinclair (1839–1922)

Duncan Sinclair, n.d.

Duncan Sinclair, n.d.

from Pastoral Review, 16 December 1922

There passed away on 15th November, at his residence at Strathfield, near Sydney, one of Nature's gentlemen, in the person of Mr. Duncan Sinclair. He was so well known and so highly respected throughout the pastoral world that in describing him as "one of Nature's gentlemen" we feel that we are giving voice to the sentiments of all our readers who may have come in contact with him. He had reached the ripe age of 84, and until the last month or two was in enjoyment of good health.

He was a native of Argyllshire, Scotland, came to Australia in 1859, and went to Glengower, in the Clunes district of Victoria, where he remained for some 8 or 10 years. He later managed Toogimbie Station, in the Hay district, and in the late 70's he acquired some property at Mathoura, N.S.W. In the early 80's he went to southern Queensland, and became associated with Mr. William Leonard and Mr. Martin Loughlin in the ownership of the now well-known Welltown Station, near Goondiwindi. He remained on this property for a number of years as managing partner. When he went there conditions were very crude, sheep being shepherded, &c. He formed the property, fenced and improved it, and built up a very fine Merino flock.

He retired from the management of Welltown some 18 or 20 years ago, and paid two visits to the Old Country before finally deciding to settle in Sydney. He then sold his interest in Welltown to Mr. William Leonard, and built a home at Strathfield, where he lived until his death.

He was a member of the Board of Advice in Sydney of the Australian, Mercantile, Land and Finance Company Limited, a director of the Burnside Presbyterian Homes for Children, and until recently a director of the Union Trustee Company of Australia Limited.

Mr. Sinclair was unmarried. He is survived by three brothers resident in New South Wales, Mr. Peter Sinclair, of Selma, Mathoura; Mr. John Sinclair, of Waterloo, Glen Innes; and Mr. Malcolm Sinclair, of Stratheyre, Mathoura. Duncan Sinclair was an old and personal friend of this paper's managing director, and his death is deeply felt by him, as it is by so many others.

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Duncan Sinclair, n.d.

Duncan Sinclair, n.d.

from Pastoral Review, 16 December 1922

Life Summary [details]


Argyll, Scotland


15 November, 1922 (aged ~ 83)
Strathfield, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

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