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PETER LESLIE, born 27th July 1845 in the Paterson River district of NSW was the eldest son of James Leslie, born 1813, of Laggan Inverness-shire, Scotland, of the Leslie family of Balquhain, and Mary McMaster, born 1822, of Morven Argyleshire Scotland.

Peter, who was educated at Kings School Parramatta, Sydney NSW, was a well-known pastoralist in NSW and Queensland. He had interests in Walla Walla Station, near Coonamble in NSW, Amphitheatre Station, near Cobar in NSW and later had an interest with his younger brothers, James and Hugh in Lerida Station, near Hughenden in Queensland.

He had been associated with the Commonwealth Wool and Produce Company, since it's inception in 1897, rising to Chairman of Directors and on the death of Mr John McCaughey, to President of the Company. The photograph of Peter Leslie shown here, was hanging in the foyer of the Companies office.

Peter Leslie married Sussana Mary Ann Sparke of Erimbrie Station, Liverpool Plains 28th March 1878 in Coonabarabran NSW and they had a son, Walter Cyril Landsborough Leslie, born 9th August 1886, late owner of Maroomba Station, Hughenden Queensland, who survived his father. Peter Leslie died in Sydney NSW, 10th December 1928.

Many thanks to Charlotte Leslie of Sydney for the extra information on her G G Grandfather Peter Leslie.

Barrie Leslie, Gordon, NSW.

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