Herder

William Deuchar Gordon

Quick Facts

IntroPastoralist
Was Herder
From Australia
Wales
Gendermale
Birth 19 June 1871, Braidwood, New South Wales, Australia
Death 11 September 1951, Potts Point, City of Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
(aged 80 years)
Star signGemini
Education
Newington College

Biography

[William] Deuchar Gordon (19 June 1871 – 11 September 1951) was an Australian pastoralist. He was born into a socially prominent New South Wales rural family and was president of the Australian Club.

Early life

Gordon was born at Manar, near Braidwood, New South Wales, the second son of William Forbes Gordon and Beatrice Deuchar (née Allan). The Gordon family had arrived in New South Wales in 1836 from Scotland. He attended Newington College in 1882 during the presidency of the Rev Joseph Horner Fletcher and headmastership of Joseph Coates. After finishing school he worked as a book-keeper and accountant before returning to work on the land.

Pastoralist

In 1891, Gordon returned to Manar and remained there until his marriage in 1901 to Charlotte Louise (Bunty) Campbell. The Gordons lived for the next decade at Werriwa, another family property near Bungendore, and had four children. In 1912 they returned to Manar where Gordon lived until his death. During that time he consolidated and expanded his land holding to 26,000 acres. On his death, Gordon left an estate of £258,727.

Community service

In 1905, Gordon became a Justice of the Peace. He served as President of the Braidwood Hospital Board, Chairman of the Pastures Protection Board and Chairman of the Braidwood branch of the Graziers Association of NSW.

Company director

Gordon accepted the seat on the Board of Perpetual Trustee Company (Limited) that was made vacant by the resignation of Joe Abbott on his appointment to the Federal Cabinet.