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Biographical entry Macarthur, John (1767 - 1834)

Born
1767
Died
11 April 1834
New South Wales, Australia
Occupation
Soldier, Entrepreneur and Pastoralist

Summary

John Macarthur was one of the first men in New South Wales to obtain Spanish Merino sheep from the Cape of Good Hope in 1797. He took specimens of fleeces from his flocks to England in 1802, wrote a Statement of the Improvement and Progress of the Breed of Fine Woolled Sheep in New South Wales (London, 1803) and was granted 5,000 acres of the best pasture land in the colony, to be increased by a further 5,000 if tangible results were forthcoming.

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  • Steven, Margaret, 'Macarthur, John (1767-1834), soldier, entrepreneur and pastoralist', in Douglas Pike (ed.), Australian Dictionary of Biography, vol. 2, Melbourne University Press, Melbourne, 1967, pp. 153-159. Also available at http://www.adb.online.anu.edu.au/biogs/A020133b.htm. Details

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See also

Rosanne Walker