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Biographical Dictionary - Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs


Surname

George MACPHERSON

Born 17 July 1863 at The Byeen in Toodyay, Western Australia [40]
Son of Duncan MACPHERSON and Mary WILSON [40]
Resided with his parents at The Byeen in the Newcastle-Toodyay district 1863-1867 [40] [127: pages 86, 182]
Arrived in what is now the Carnamah district with his parents in 1868 [120: 9-Jan-1930]
     Initially resided with his parents in a three roomed stone cottage near the Yarra Yarra Lakes in Carnamah [119]
     Later resided with his parents at Carnamah House, situated on Victoria Location 1172 of his father's Carnamah Station [119]
Farmer of Carnamah Station in Carnamah [19]
     Ran Carnamah Station with his father and brothers, and following his father's death ran the station with his brother Donald [8: page 8]
     He and Donald inherited their father's land in Carnamah - which was in excess of 80,000 acres [8: page 8]
     This land was Carnamah Station and Yarra Yarra Farm (also known as Yarie Yarie, situated along the Yarra Yarra Lakes)[P93]
     Carted wool produced on the station from Carnamah to Guildford, the return trip taking two weeks [120: 9-Jan-1930]
     In the early years they bred horses that were shipped to Singapore after being herded overland to Perth [12: 20-Aug-1931]
     Himself and his brother Donald transported wagons full of supplies and machinery from Perth to Rothsay Mine [12: 20-Aug-1931]
     They also gathered timber which they carted and sold to the Great Fingal Mine in Cue [12: 20-Aug-1931]
In June 1898 he made a donation of £1 to the Home of the Good Shepherd through Mrs Eliza M. MOORE of Dongara [39: 23-Jun-1898]
He was one of 53 who requested William T. LOTON run as the Member for Greenough in the Legislative Council in 1889 [383: 26-Jan-1889]
In 1898 among two Aboriginal shepherds in his employ were named Albert and Dick [39: 4-Jun-1898]
     Albert told him on 30 March 1898 that Dick had left the sheep, so with Carnamah Tommy he set off to investigate [39]
     They found the tracks of Dick's horse and those of another horse, and followed them for a mile when they found Dick's body [39]
     He returned to Carnamah House where he wired police constable Martin BARRY of Mingenew, who arrived the next day [39]
     He gave evidence at the Supreme Court sittings at Geraldton into the alleged murder of Dick on 3 June 1898 [39]
     The court charged Albert with manslaughter with a strong recommendation to mercy, and he was imprisoned for 12 months [39]
     It wasn't disclosed, but Albert was his half-brother, the son of his father and Aboriginal woman Buddy NEBRONG [239: Tree 14C]
The Supreme Court of Western Australia issued him with a Writ of Habeas Corpus on 15 June 1898 [326]
     The court ordered him to take the Aboriginal child Albert CUPER before His Honour Mr Justice HENSMAN ten days later [326]
     Albert had been born on 21 June 1895 to Mrs Eliza CUPER but his mother Eliza had died a month later on 17 July 1895 [326]
     Eliza's brother David BIGGS left the child in the care of an Aboriginal woman named Emily MAX [326]
     His half-brother Albert NEBRONG believed he was the child's father and took possession of the child to Carnamah [326]
     He refused multiple requests from  Eliza CUPER's husband Benedict CUPER and brother David BIGGS to hand over the child [326]
     With assistance from the Benedictine Monastery of New Norcia, Benedict and David provided affidavits to the court [272] [326]
     His brother Donald, on horseback, later led Benedict and another man on foot for eight miles to collect the child [326]
     The Aboriginal people the child was with insinuated to Benedict that Albert would take revenge when he got out of prison [326]
Himself and his brother Donald donated £1/10/- towards orphanages through their sister Bessie in 1899 [39: 5-Dec-1899]
They had ringbarked 500 acres of their Conditional Purchase land about one mile east of the Yarra Yarra Lakes in 1900 [39: 13-Nov-1900]
     The land was Salmon Gum country, and in 1900 they had 50 acres of it under crop, expected to yield two tonnes to the acre [39]
     An inspector reporting to the Minister of Lands reported that it was the best crop he had seen in the locality [39]
     The inspector reported that their land gave "a splendid illustration of what the salmon gum land will produce" [39]
On 23 December 1904 himself and Donald went out shooting at Rocky Dam near what was later known as Prowaka [P10] [128: 7-Jan-1905]
     His gun exploded injuring his right arm on their way home, and although rushed to Perth by train he didn't survive [128: 7-Jan-1905]
Died 25 December 1904 in Perth; buried at the Culham Cemetery in Toodyay, Western Australia [138]
His share in Carnamah Station appears to have been inherited by his brother Donald, who became the station's sole owner [38] [61]


From The West Australian newspaper, Wednesday 28 December 1904:
Funeral of the late Mr. G. Macpherson
"The burial of the late Mr. George Macpherson, of Carnamah, (Midland Railway), took place on Monday afternoon last, in the Anglican portion of the Culham Cemetery. The deceased, who came to his death as the result of a gun accident which happened on Friday morning last at Carnamah, while out shooting with his brother, Mr. Donald Macpherson, was widely respected in the district, and general regret was expressed at his untoward end. He was the youngest son of the late Mr. Duncan Macpherson, and was 41 years of age at the time of his death. The remains of the deceased were enclosed in a polished jarrah casket, mounted with silver-plated handles, and were conveyed from Perth and Newcastle by train, and thence per road to the Culham Cemetery, where the remains were laid in the family grave. The chief mourners were: Messrs. John and Donald Macpherson, brothers; Messrs. Duncan and Donald Macpherson, Donald J. Chipper, and A. Stevens, cousins. The pall-bearers were: Messrs. S. F. Moore, M.L.A., Samuel J. Phillips, J. H. Phillips, A. E. Viveash, N. Bostock, and G. Viveash. The funeral service at the grave was read by the Rev. J. Ellis. The funeral arrangements were carried out by Mr. J. Worth, of Newcastle."


From The Western Mail newspaper, Saturday 31 December 1904:
Deaths
"Macpherson - At Perth, W.A., on December 25, 1904, suddenly through the result of an accident, George, the youngest son of the late Duncan Macpherson, of Carnamah, Midland Railway, W.A., aged 41 years. Deeply regretted by his loving sisters and brothers."


From The Newcastle Herald and Toodyay District Chronicle newspaper, Saturday 7 January 1905:
Death of Mr. G. McPherson
"A fatal gun accident occurred on Friday, December 23rd, resulting in the death of Mr. George McPherson (of McPherson Bros., of Carnamah), on the Midland railway. It appears that Mr. McPherson, with his brother, Donald, went out shooting, about 20 miles from home. When half the homewards journey had been accomplished, Donald alighted from the buggy to give a black tracker some rations, leaving his brother holding the reins, with a double-barrelled gun between his knees. As he turned to get in again, he heard two reports, and saw his brother lying on the ground. The reins had become entangled with the triggers, and the charge in both barrels had exploded, entering Mr. McPherson's right arm near the shoulder. Mr. Donald McPherson placed his brother in the trap, drove him to the station, and they boarded the train for Perth. Dr. Kelsall joined the train at one of the stations en route, and did all that was possible for the sufferer. On arrival he was taken to Miss McKimmie's hospital, and attended by Dr. Kelsall. The next day an operation was considered advisable, and in the afternoon Dr. Kelsall amputated the injured limb at the shoulder. The patient appeared fairly well after the operation, but at 2:30 p.m. on the following Sunday morning he died, as stated, from shock. The body was conveyed to Newcastle by the 5 o'clock train from Perth on the Monday morning. The remains of the deceased were deposited in the family grave at Culham in the presence of a large gathering of sorrowing friends. The funeral service was read by the Rev. J. Ellis. The deceased, who was a single man 41 years of age, was a popular member of a large and well known family, and great regret and sympathy has been occasioned by his untimely death."


Reference:  Carnamah Historical Society & Museum and North Midlands Project, 'George Macpherson' in Biographical Dictionary of Coorow, Carnamah and Three Springs, retrieved 18 December 2017 from www.carnamah.com.au  [ sources ]




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