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Biographical entry Reymond, Joseph Bernard (1834 - 1918)

3 May 1834
Chabaud, France
20 September 1918
Forbes, New South Wales, Australia


Joseph Reymond had a flour-mill and sawmills at Forbes, New South Wales, and was one of the first irrigationists in the district. He established a vineyard on his 320 acre selection, Champsaur. He had many trees planted in Forbes and initiated the laying out of the botanical gardens.


Born 3 May 1834. Died 20 September 1918. Bachelor of letters. Arrived in Australia 1857, prospected for gold 1857-62, built a sawmill in Forbes 1862, made machines to cut shingles and felloes for markets in Orange and Bathurst, successfully grew hay and vegetables ca 1865, took up a selection, Champsaur, 1866, grew wheat and established a flour mill, established a vineyard and a very large orchard and in 1886 began commercial production of wine. He was largely responsible for Forbes's first water supply when a weir across the Lachlan River was built in 1884. Mayor of Forbes 1883-84, represented Ashburnham in the Legislative assembly 1895-1904 and in 1900 he led a deputation to Sydney that resulted in the building of Forbes Hospital of which he was one of the three original trustees.

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