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Wade, Christopher (?–1900)

Christopher Wade, n.d.

Christopher Wade, n.d.

from Australasian Pastoralists' Review, 15 September 1900

The death of Mr. Christopher Wade, at Beaumont, near Adelaide, on Saturday, 1st September, removes one of the oldest and best known pastoralists in South Australia. The deceased gentleman came to the colony in the early fifties as one of the officers of a passenger ship and settled here. After trying farming in the district of Mount Barker, he craved for a wider sphere for his inexhaustible energies, and so went into what was then the remote parts of pastoral country, and in 1856 was employed by the Paratoo proprietors. The energy and zeal which characterised him through-out his life, coupled with an exceptional power of adapting himself to circumstances, soon brought him into the favourable notice of his employers, and he rose step by step until he became the trusted manager of what was then the largest squatting property in South Australia. In that position he continued for some years, when he determined on launching forth on his own account, and with the result that unhappily attended so many others, the earnings of years of earnest work gradually melted away. When by force of circumstances he was compelled to begin again and seek other openings for his abilities, he became the most prominent of the arbitrators employed by lessees in valuing their pastoral improvements, and in this capacity his long experience and his great and varied knowledge of what he was dealing with stood him in good stead and enabled him to protect the rights of his constituents as probably no one else could. Nor were his services confined to these lines. His knowledge of sheep and of station management caused his services to be brought into requisition, both in inspecting and reporting upon station properties and in supervising, as he for years did on behalf of the Queensland Mortgage Company. His kindliness, good nature, and geniality, combined with that raciness which came from his Irish nationality, made him one of the most delightful of travelling companions, and with his powers as a raconteur helped to brighten what would otherwise have been many lonely hours of those with whom from time to time he was temporarily associated. He leaves a widow and a grown-up family of four sons and four daughters—Mr. W. Wade of Panamarittee station, near Yunta; Mr. Christopher Wade, of Armidale, New South Wales; Mr. Hugh Wade, of Onepah, Tibbaburra, New South Wales; and Mr. Irwin Wade, who resided with his father; while the daughters are Mrs. Angus, Mrs. A. Nicholas, Mrs. P. Auld, and Miss Wade.

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Christopher Wade, n.d.

Christopher Wade, n.d.

from Australasian Pastoralists' Review, 15 September 1900