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Sons of John Drysdale of Kilrie

DRYSDALE BROTHERS: William (1838-1902), businessman, George Russell (1854?-1909), pastoralist and planter, and John (1847-1928), engineer and planter were born in Scotland, sons of John Drysdale of Kilrie, town clerk of Kirkcaldy, Fife, and his wife Mary, née Carstairs. The brothers were educated at Merchiston Castle School, Edinburgh. William entered a lawyer's office but soon left to replace his father as deputy-sheriff of

Excerpt from Australian Dictionary of Biography, Volume 4, (MUP), 1972

and for some years farmed the family estate at Kilrie. In 1868 he married Georgina Begbie; they had three sons and one daughter. John graduated as a civil engineer from the University of Edinburgh; he supervised the building of a railway in Devonshire and later another for the King of Siam. George arrived in Victoria in 1875. He joined his uncle George Russell who made him manager of South Thononga station on the Lachlan River. Another brother, Alexander Leslie, migrated to Victoria in 1877 and with George managed South Thononga until it was sold in 1883 for £175,000.

Excerpt from Australian Dictionary of Biography, Volume 4, (MUP), 1972 ,


for More in depth information visit the source or perhaps refer to a selection listed below 

 M. J. Fox (ed), The History of Queensland, vol 3 (Brisb, 1923)

 R. Connolly, John Drysdale and the Burdekin (Syd, 1964)

 J. D. Bailey, A Hundred Years of Pastoral Banking (Oxford, 1966)

Votes and Proceedings (Legislative Assembly, Queensland), 1889, vol 4, 242

 Royal Commission into the Sugar Industry of Australia, Parliamentary Papers (Commonwealth), 1912, vol 3 1035

 G. R. Drysdale, Will file 45/1911 (Queensland State Archives).


 Citation details

R. C. Sharman, 'Drysdale, George Russell (1854–1909)', Australian Dictionary of Biography, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University,, published first in hardcopy 1972, accessed online 27 July 2019.

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British Farmer's Magazine, Issue 57 , 1869

   James Ridgeway
   page 62 
EDINBURGH CHRISTMAS CLUB SHOW The third exhibition of fat stock of the Edinburgh Christmas Club was opened on Wednesday Dec 8 in the Agricultural Hall Leven street Taken throughout the show was one of great merit The cattle classes were of course the great centre of attraction Of cross oxen exceeding three years of age there vas a splendid show the first premium being awarded to a superb brown and white ox exhibited by Mr M Combie MP Tilly four This animal was shortly afterwards sold for 70 Of Shorthorn oxen not exceeding th ree years the first prize was given to a fine compact looking red ox shown by Mr Knowles Aberdeen In the polled section the first place was given to a black ox the property of Mr Walker Altyre Forres Of dairy cows there was a large and excellent display the chief prizes falling to Mr Hope Duddingstone and Mr Eorteoas Merchiston respectively Of sheep Lord Strathmore's first prize blackfaced wedden were a very fine lot one of them especially being as sell covered over the back as any Leicester and otherwise a very symmetrical and well proportioned animal Lord Sonde showed a lot of Southdowns pure bred wedders which were commended recently at Birmingham On handling sweral of them seemed very defective in the back aud they compared badly with the wedder classes both of Cheviots and Blackfica Subjoined is a list of the judges Bcliocks Messrs Jonas Wellbank Berwick JM My Glasgow and James Wilson 146 George street Edinburgh Cows amd Heifers Messrs Christopher Edmonntone Bradford Pattieon Young Penrith and James Harrison Skipton Sheep Messrs Joseph W Ruddock Berwick i m M Conie Glasgow and Andrew Wright Corstorpnine Pios Mr Peter Goose Leeds PRIZES Shorthorn oxen not exceeding three years First prise I Knowles Aberdeen second W Drysdale Kilrie Kinphora Shorthorn oxen exceeding three years old Prize P Puntm Aberlady Drem _ Polled Angus Galloway or Aberdeen oxen not four years old First prize B Walker Altyre Forres second B Bruce Newton of Struthers Forres _ Cross oxen not exceeding three years old First prize Drysdale second D Beveridge Bucklhorne Largo Cross oxen exceeding three years old First prize M Combie MP Tillyfour second J and W Martin V Market Aberdeen Highland oxen age considered First prize W second Earl of Southesk Heifers of any breed exceeding two bnt not three years old First prize Wm Drysdale Kilrie seco H Sim Ardullie Heifers of any breed exceeding three years old prize A Cowie Crombly Bank Ellon second H Aberdeen Cows of any pure breed First prize AJ Balfour tingham second C Lyall Old Montrose Cows of any cross breed First prize the Duke of clench second P Beattie Dunnydeer Insch Dairy cows any breed quality especially to be First prize James Hope Duddingston second A Merchiston Messrs Swan's cup for best animal in the yard M Combie MP Tillyfour The Farmer cup for the best animal in the female class Wm Drysdale Mr Buist's silver medal for the best cross bred cow Hope Doddington Mr Buist's medal for the best Ayrshire cow Mr I Lothian Bum 

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