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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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