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Frederick Cornelius Russ Wake (?–1951)

Frederick Wake, n.d.

Frederick Wake, n.d.

from Pastoral Review and Graziers' Record, 16 October 1951

Mr. Frederick Cornelius Russ Wake, of Dubbo, who died on 10th September, was one of the best known and most highly respected pastoralists in Central Western New South Wales.

The elder son of the late Mr. and Mrs. L. R. Wake, of Gawler, South Australia, he was born at Red Hill, S.A., and educated at Prince Alfred College, Adelaide, his early life being spent on his father's farm at Crystal Brook. Going to Dubbo, N.S.W., in 1900, he purchased Talbragar Station, later known as Boothenba, and in 1903 acquired Waverleigh Station, Narromine.

Always actively interested in public matters, Mr, Wake was for a number of years president of the Talbragar Shire Council, being one of its original councillors (from 1906 until 1919). He was also a past director of the Dubbo P.P. Board, past president of the Dubbo P.A. and H. Association, and, at the time of his death, patron, trustee, and honorary life member of the association.

Recognised as a sound judge of stock, particularly Shorthorn cattle, Mr. Wake founded at Boothenba a pure Beef Shorthorn stud and was a regular and successful exhibitor of the breed at the Dubbo show. After disposing of Boothenba in 1926 he acquired Troy (Dubbo), where he carried on the stud, maintaining the standard of his herd at a high level. His services as a judge of cattle at shows in western New South Wales were always keenly sought after.

In 1906 Mr. Wake also established at Boothenba a Lincoln stud, which he continued until 1912, and for a number of years was a breeder of pure Clydesdale horses on the property.

He is survived by his widow and three daughters—Mrs. Colin Gavel (Condobolin), Mrs. Alan Lane (Tasmania), and Mrs. Hugh Busby (Bathurst).

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Frederick Wake, n.d.

Frederick Wake, n.d.

from Pastoral Review and Graziers' Record, 16 October 1951