Francis Henry William Thomas Winifred Brownrigg Peter Welsh Thomson Margaret Jean Caldow /Hodsdon Frederick Edward Senior James Roger Francis Wyman Clark Richard Robertson Patricia Mae Mulligan Joachim Dido

Biographical Dictionary - Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs


Surname

Donald MACPHERSON

Born 23 June 1815 at Dunachton Farm near Alvie, Inverness, Scotland[220]
Son of Aeneas MACPHERSON and Margaret MACKINTOSH [119]
Departed Liverpool, England on the Hindoo, arriving in Western Australia on 20 April 1839 [220]
Shepherd and Flock-master in Toodyay and the Victoria Plains in the 1840s [220]
Said to have worked for five years as a shepherd for Capt. James SCULLY and received new-born lambs instead of wages [252: page 61]
Farmer and Grazier in the Victoria Plains from 1845 until his death in 1887 [220]
In February 1845 successfully applied for a lease of 12,000 acres of land in the Victoria Plains [220]
The lease was the first to be taken out in the Victoria Plains district and included the localities Murra Murra and Badji Badji [220]
Initially resided at Badji Badji and later at Murra Murra; in the early 1860s the property became known as Glentromie [220]
By May 1848 himself, his brother John and their cousin Ewan MACKINTOSH had leases totalling 20,000 acres [220]
Married (1) Jessie MACKNOE on 24 April 1853 at Baylup WA [220]
On 21 May 1853 purchased his first freehold piece of land, a block of 30 acres at Badji Badji in the Victoria Plains [220]
On 28 December 1853 obtained a lease of 12,000 acres in Wannamal - the first lease to be taken out in Wannamal [114: page 11]
In 1855 his station was about 100,000 acres in size, with 4,000 sheep, a herd of cattle, a few horses and 100 acres of wheat crop [220]
Initiated as a member of the Perth Lodge of Unity, No. 753 of the United Grand Lodge of England Freemason [393]
Member of the Northam, Toodyay and Victoria Plains Agricultural Society 1857-1869 [220]
Over the years 1858 to 1884 he employed 26 Ticket of Leave convicts and in later years also employed a number of Chinese men [220]
By the 1860s had purchased over 30 more freehold blocks of land in the Victoria Plains [220]
In August 1862 signed a petition presented to the Governor requesting that convict John MCDONALD not be hung [220]
Erected a headstone on the grave of his nephew Aeneas MACPHERSON, who died in 1866, at the Culham Cemetery [138]
His wife Jessie died from an abscess on her liver in Perth on 27 August 1869 and was buried at the East Perth Cemetery [220]
At the time of Jessie's death their youngest child Flora was aged only five months [220]
Judge of the Cattle and Sheep sections at the Toodyay, Northam & Victoria Plains Agricultural Society's Show in 1869 [39: 15-Oct-1869]
Married (2) Selina Emma EARNSHAW in Perth on 28 January 1871 [220]
Foundation Member and Inaugural Chairman of the Victoria Plains Road Board on its formation on 1 March 1871 [5: 22-Jun-1934]
     Chairman, Secretary and Treasurer of the Victoria Plains Road Board 1872-1876 [220]
     Until 1876 meetings of the Victoria Plains Road Board had been held at his home on Glentromie Station [220]
     Retired from his positions on the  Victoria Plains Road Board in 1876, however remained a member of the Board until 1886 [220]
Contributed one of the horses used by John FORREST and five men in their crossing from Geraldton to Adelaide in 1874 [39: 8-Feb-1922]
During his Fifth Expedition in 1876 the explorer Ernest GILES visited him at Glentromie Station [159]
      In his journal GILES described him as "a fine, hospitable old Scotchman, who has a most valuable and excellent property" [159]
In 1877 was said to be one the largest flock-masters in the Swan River Colony in addition to possessing a fine strain of cattle [220]
The second Victoria Plains races in 1879 were held at his Glentromie where he also staged a banquet and ball [220]
In the 1870s and 1880s bred horses which were then herded overland to be shipped to India and the Far East [220]
On 24 October 1872 the Inquirer newspaper reported that the 1040 ton Astracanembarked Fremantle for Calcutta "with the finest [220]
     batch of colonial-bred horses that has ever been exported from WA. The larger part of the shipment, some 170, are from the [220]
     well-known stud of D McPherson of Glentromie Victoria Plains, and are accompanied by his son Aeneas McPherson." [220]
     It was said to have taken 20 horseman to get the horses to Fremantle and nine grooms travelled on the ship [220]
     His sons Aeneas and John variously travelled with the horses on ships to India a number of times in the 1870s and 1880s [220]
His home on Glentromie was said to have been an eleven room brick home with verandahs along the front and ends [220]
     Also near the house was a detached cottage of another nine rooms including a large cellar [220]
     His stable, also of brick, was 30 metre longs with walls six metres tall and with a loft capable of storing 50 tons of hay [220]
     Adjacent to the 27 horse stall stable was a cart shed, harness room, chaff house, shearing shed and blacksmith's workshop [220]
     Also near the stable was a large cattle yard, sheds for milking purposes and two workmen's cottages [220]
Although he never resided in Carnamah he aided its settlement through financial and other contributions to his brother Duncan [127] [134]
     Assisted Duncan with £200 following his eviction from The Byeen in Toodyay and the sale of all his assets in late 1867 [127: page 182]
     Also gave his brother Duncan horses, a dray and farming implements [134: page 156]
     On 13 February 1879 purchased jointly with his brother Duncan the title deed to Victoria Location 1172 [122]
     Victoria Location 1172 was 100 acres of land surrounding Carnamah Spring and Duncan's homestead Carnamah House [122]
By 1887 Glentromie consisted of about 5,500 acres of freehold land and about 60,000 acres of leasehold [220]
     In 1887 he ran around 5,000 sheep on Glentromie, most of which were tendered to by shepherds [220]
     Wool from the many sheep was carted to Perth with a six horse wagon drawn by Glentromie bred horses [220]
     In 1887 he also ran about 250 horses on his property, in addition to 150 head of cattle and 100 pigs [220]
Father of Aeneas, Jessie, William, John, Elizabeth, Margaret, Edward and Flora [220]
Died 4 August 1887 in Victoria Plains; buried East Perth Cemetery in the Perth suburb of East Perth [220]
On 27 February 1888 Glentromie was sold by public auction to Walter PADBURY for £11,200 [220]


Reference:  Carnamah Historical Society & Museum and North Midlands Project, 'Donald Macpherson' in Biographical Dictionary of Coorow, Carnamah and Three Springs, retrieved 15 August 2020 from www.carnamah.com.au/bio/donald-macpherson-glentromie [sources]




Use the below form or email history@carnamah.com.au

Name:
 
Email:
 
Comment, memory or story about this person
Suggested correction or additional information
Question or general feedback
 
 
Please enter this code into the box to confirm your request.


During this time we encourage you to stay active + keep connected. Check out Act-Belong-Commit Creative @ Home for ideas!