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Victor Martindale (Dick) White (1867–1937)

Mr. Victor Martindale White, aged 70, a member of the well-known family of graziers, and a prominent racehorse owner, died at his residence, Roslyn Gardens, Darlinghurst, yesterday morning.

Mr White was born at Edinglassie Station, Muswellbrook, and was educated at The Kings School, Parramatta. Subsequently he became a partner with his brothers Henry, Ernest and Arthur in the ownership of Belltrees Station, Scone. He married Miss Ruth Withycombe of Muswellbrook in 1909 and a few years later relinquished active interest in Belltrees Station and came to Sydney. He travelled extensively.

Mr White took a keen interest in racing and for the past 25 years his horses have been trained at Randwick by H. England. He won the Breeders Plate in 1920 with Vaccine, while High, who ran second to Hall Mark in the Doncaster Handicap of 1935, is credited with having won more races at Randwick than any other horse at present in training. Early Bird, The Blush and Spreadeagle are other horses that were in training for Mr. White at the time of his death. With his brothers he owned Charge, winner of the AJC Derby in 1896, and he was also part owner of the thoroughbred mare Golden Slipper (Multiform-Aura), the top priced lot at the dispersal sale of the late G. G. Steads racing establishment in New Zealand in August 1908. Golden Slipper realised 4500 guineas. As a racehorse in Australia, Golden Slipper failed to live up to her unbeaten record in New Zealand, but she has been useful at the stud, and one of her descendants racing this season is John Wilkes, winner of the Williamstown Cup.

Mr. White is survived by his wife, one son Mr Patrick White, of London, and a daughter, Miss Suzanne White, of Sydney. The funeral will leave St John's, Darlinghurst, after service commencing at 10.15 o clock this morning, for the Northern Suburbs Crematorium.

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