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William Taylor (1818–1903)

We regret to announce the death of one of the pioneer pastoralists of Victoria, Mr. William Taylor, which took place at his residence, Overnewton, Keilor, on the 21st of June, in his eighty-fifth year, says the Australasian Pastoralists' Review of the 15th instant. He arrived at Melbourne from Glasgow in August, 1840, and soon after purchased a squatting station near Geelong, and subsequently, in conjunction with Mr. Dugald McPherson, acquired an extensive property in the Wimmera district. Later, in 1861, he purchased a station property near Euston, New South Wales, and subsequently acquired other New South Wales western properties namely, Manfred, Bootra and Salisbury Downs, Ariool, and a share in Garnpang with Mr. Bertram. He was also a partner in Darr River Downs, Queensland. In 1847 Mr. Taylor received the appointment of a territorial magistrate of New South Wales. He entered Victorian politics in 1854, when he represented the Wimmera in the old Council until the inauguration of the new constitution in 1856 and in 1864 he was elected a member of the Legislative Council for the southern province. He was also one of the earliest members of the shire council of Keilor. For a great number of years he was identified with Scots Church, Melbourne, and quite recently retired from his position as one of the trustees of the church property. Mrs. Taylor has survived her husband, and there are several sons and daughters.

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  • probate, Argus (Melbourne), 3 November 1903, p 6

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'Taylor, William (1818–1903)', Obituaries Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University,, accessed 18 April 2024.

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20 November, 1818
Glasgow, Lanarkshire, Scotland


21 June, 1903 (aged 84)
Keilor, Victoria, Australia

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