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Arthur Irby Traill (1855–1931)

The death occurred on Wednesday of Mr. Arthur Irby Traill, formerly of Llangollen and Colleyblue stations, at his residence, Euraba, Quirindi, at the age of 76 years.

Mr Traill was one of this country's most successful growers of fine wool, and when managing partner in the firm of Traill Bros., of which the other members were Dr Mark Traill and Mr. Harold Traill, he continued to develop at Llangollen, near Cassilis, the original Collaroy breed of fine wool sheep, which had been established by his father, Dr. R. J. Traill, at Collaroy, in the year 1855. While at Llangollen, Mr. Traill made a careful study of the development of a large-framed sheep, cutting fine wool, and was successful in winning many valuable trophies for merino wool in competition not only in Australia, but throughout the world. Amongst other notable trophies won by him was the "T. S. Mort Cup," which he won outright in two consecutive seasons, and the medal of the Colonial and Indian Exhibition in London, 1886; Calcutta Exhibition, in 1889; the Dunedin Exhibition, 1889; and the World's Columbian Exhibition in America in 1892. In several years the Llangollen clip topped the Australian market. Mr. Traill was for years a leader in public life in the Cassilis and Merriwa districts, being a member of the Merriwa Shire Council, trustee of the hospital, and regularly presided as honorary magistrate in police courts in those districts.

Mr Traill was educated at Newcastle Grammar School, and subsequently at Worcester, England, and in the early seventies was a leading oarsman of the old Sydney Rowing Club and was, at the time of his death, one of the oldest members of the Union Club, Sydney, and one of the oldest surviving policy-holders in the A.M.P Society. Mr. Traill married Maria, eldest daughter of the late Sir William and Lady Windeyer, who predeceased him, and leaves seven children, namely, Mrs. Constance Hooke, of Tia River, widow of the late Mr. A. Hooke; Mrs. Mildred Davies, O.B.E., wife of Mr Jack Davies, of Scone; Mr. R. J. Traill, electrical engineer, at Wallarah Colliery; Mr J. H. Traill (D.F.C.), of Tuwinga station, Sister Dorothy Traill (A.I.F.), and two other unmarried daughters, Misses Phyllis and Lorna Traill. Another son, Arthur Cecil Traill, was killed in action in France.

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