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Biographical entry Bruce, Alexander (1827 - 1903)

27 April 1827
Keig, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
14 October 1903
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Stock inspector


Alexander Bruce was the first chief inspector of stock in New South Wales from 1864-1902. He succeeded in eradicating sheep scab, a constant trouble from the earliest settlement, from New South Wales in 1868.


Born Keig, Aberdeenshire, Scotland, 27 April 1827. Died Sydney, 14 October 1903. Came to Australia in 1852, General Post Office, Melbourne 1852-55, farming 1855-58, poundkeeper, Ten Mile Creek (now Holbrook), New South Wales 1858-61, inspector of cattle 1861-63, chief inspector of sheep 1863-64, first chief inspector of stock 1864-1902, working for the Lands Department 1861-74 and the Department of Mines and Stock 1874-1902. Successfully controlled an outbreak of contagious pleuro-pneumonia in cattle in 1861-63 and eradicated scab in sheep, a constant trouble from the earliest settlement, from New South Wales by 1868. Responsible for the erection of the border stock fence on the northern boundary of New South Wales in 1897. Active committee member of the Agricultural Society of New South Wales and in 1890 initiated the motion which led the following year to the prefix "Royal" being added to the society's name.

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