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Biographical Dictionary - Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs


"Alex" Alexander MACPHERSON

Born C.1860 [119]
Son of Duncan MACPHERSON and Mary WILSON [119]
Resided with his parents on Byeen Farm in the Newcastle-Toodyay district 1860-1867 [127: pages 86, 182]
He arrived in what is now the Carnamah district with his parents and seven siblings in 1868 [120: 9-Jan-1930]
Initially resided with his parents in a three-room stone cottage near Mulliah / Yarra Yarra Lakes in Carnamah [P10]
Later resided with his parents in the large Carnamah House, situated on Victoria Location 1172 of his father's Carnamah Station [P10]
Manager of Glengarry Station in Geraldton for ten years, believed to have been about 1887-1897 [225: 28-Apr-1896]
He was working on Billabalong Station at Murgoo in the Murchison later in 1897 [523: 7-Aug-1897]
When he registered his father's death in 1898 he was once again living on Carnamah Station in Carnamah [40]
He appears to have left Carnamah shortly after his father's death and shifted to Murgoo in the Murchison [6]
Station Manager in Murgoo 1898-1907 [6]
Manager of Billabalong Station at Murgoo in the Murchison 1901-1907 [6] [19] [38]
After recently suffering with a great pain in his side he was found dead with a bullet having gone through his skull [86: 20-Nov-1907]
Died 5 November 1907 at Billabalong Station; buried at the Culham Cemetery in Toodyay, Western Australia [119]
An inquest found that he "accidentally came to his death by the explosion of a rifle" [86: 20-Nov-1907]
He'd previously said to his niece Elsie that if he ever found he had cancer that he'd shoot himself [P436]
He died intestate, or without a will, with his estate worth £938 being administrated by his brother Lachlan [38] [120: 28-Mar-1908]
His nephew Les MACPHERSON, who'd worked with him on Billabalong Station, succeeded him as its manager [269: 5-Oct-1945]

From The Geraldton Guardian newspaper, Thursday 7 November 1907:

Local News
The Police Inspector at Geraldton has received information that Mr A. Macpherson, of Billabalong Station, died on the 5th at that place as the result of a gunshot wound. Mr Macpherson was some years ago manager of the Glengarry Station."

From The Western Mail newspaper, Monday 11 November 1907:
"Macpherson - On the 5th instant, at Billabalong Station, Murchison, Alexander, sixth son of the late Duncan Macpherson, of Carnamah, Upper Irwin."

From The Geraldton Express newspaper, Friday 17 January 1908:
In Memoriam
"Macpherson - In sad and sorrowful remembrance of our dear uncle, Alexander, who died November 5th, 1907. The call was sudden, the shock severe, To part with one we loved so dear. So true and loving, so gentle and kind, Hard in this world his equal to find. Sleep on, dear uncle, and take thy rest, God called thee home when He thought best. Inserted by his loving nephews, T. C. and R. L. Macpherson."

Reference:  Carnamah Historical Society & Museum and North Midlands Project, 'Alexander Macpherson' in Biographical Dictionary of Coorow, Carnamah and Three Springs, retrieved 22 July 2024 from [reference list]

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