Farrer, William (1845-1906)

Also known as
Farrer, William James (1845-1906)
Field of activity
Wheat Breeder; Agriculturalist; Wheat propagator
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William James Farrer (1845-1906), wheat breeder, was born on 3 April 1845 at Docker, Westmorland, England, son of Thomas Farrer, tenant farmer, and his wife Sarah, née Brunskill. He gained a scholarship...

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William James Farrer was involved in developing breeds of wheat to withstand disease (especially rust) and harsh Australian conditions as well as to produce high yields. His most notable achievement was the breeding and establishment of "Federation" wheat. His achievement extended wheat-growing areas, especially in New South Wales, and resulted in Australia's becoming a world leader in wheat exports. William Farrer was in favour of large-scale ringbarking of eucalypts, arguing it would quadruple the carrying capacity of undeveloped bushland.

Born Docker, Westmorland, England, 3 April 1845. Died 16 April 1906. Scholarship to Christ's Hospital, London, where he won a gold and a silver medal for mathematics. Educated University of Cambridge (BA 1868). Arrived Australia 1870. Tutor, George Campbell's sheep station, Duntroon (Canberra), New South Wales; qualified as s surveyor 1875; Department of Lands in the Dubbo, Nyngan, Cobar and Cooma districts 1875-86; bought Lambrigg, on the Murrumbidgee River near where Canberra now stands 1886; private experiments on cross-breeding wheat from 1889; wheat experimentalist, Department of Agriculture from 1898. His best known wheat was "Federation", the leading variety throughout Australia 1910-25 and in 1914, of the 29 varieties recommended for growing in New South Wales 22 had been developed by him. His wheats were not so much rust-resistant as rust escaping be causing of their early maturity. His grave behind his house at Lambrigg is marked with a granite column erected by the Commonwealth Government and there is a bronze bust of him at Queanbeyan, New South Wales. Commemorated by the Farrer Memorial medal for outstanding service to agricultural science in research, administration and education; the Farrer Memorial research scholarship awarded for postgraduate research in agriculture; currency; stamps; various schools; streets; a suburb of Canberra; a flour-mill; and several institutions.

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Encyclopedia of Australian Science

  1. Farrer, William James
    Published: The University of Melbourne eScholarship Research Centre
    Series: Encyclopedia of Australian Science
  2. The Study of Australian Eucalypts
    McCarthy, Gavan; Smith, Ailie; Moje, Christine; Rigby, Rebecca
    Published: eScholarship Research Centre, 2013
  3. Eucalypts: A Celebration
    Wrigley, J. and Fagg, M.
    Published: Allen & Unwin, Crows Nest Australia, 2010
  4. William James Farrer, 1845-1906
    Hou, Yong Kang
    Published: Oxford University Press, Oxford, 2004
    Series: Oxford Dictionary of National Biography
  5. W. J. Farrer and F. B. Guthrie: the Unique Breeder-Chemist Combination That Pioneered Quality Wheats for Australia
    Wrigley, C. W.
    Published: 1979
    Series: Records of the Australian Academy of Science, 4, 1, 7-25
  6. William Farrer and the Australian Response to Mendelism
    Cawte, Mary
    Published: 1984
    Series: Historical Records of Australian Science, 6, 1, 45-58
  7. Farrer, William James (1845-1906), Wheat Breeder
    Wrigley, C. W.
    Published: Melbourne University Press, Melbourne, 1981
    Series: Australian Dictionary of Biography, 8, 471-473
  8. Respones to challenge: William Farrer and the making of wheat
    Evans, L. T.
    Published: 1980
    Series: Journal of the Australian Institute of Agricultural Science, 46, 1, 3-13
  9. William James Farrer
    Campbell, Walter S.
    Published: 1933
    Series: Royal Australian Historical Society, 19, 269-285
  10. William Farrer. Australia's Greatest Benefactor
    Wenholz, W.
    Published: 1930
    Series: The Australian Quarterly, 91-100
  11. The Methods of the Late W. J. Farrer with Some Results of His Work
    Skelton, C. P.
    Published: 1925
    Series: Sydney Government Printer
  12. William Farrer
    Guthrie, F. B.
    Published: 1960
    Series: Agricultural Gazette of New South Wales, June, 533-538
  13. William James Farrer: a Biography
    Russell, Archer
    Published: Cheshire, Melbourne, 1949
  14. Scientists in Nineteenth Century Australia: a Documentary History
    Moyal, A. M.
    Published: Cassell Australia, Melbourne, 1976
  15. Technology in Australia 1788-1988
    Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering
    Published: Australian Science and Technology Heritage Centre, Melbourne, 2000

Resources by William Farrer (17)

  1. Letters of William Farrer, wheat breeder : written from Lambrigg ... N.S.W. to Dr. B. T. Galloway and Mr. M. A. Carleton ... U.S. Dept. of Agriculture ... 1894-1906
    Farrer, William, 1845-1906
    [ Unpublished : 1922 ]
    At State Library of NSW
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  2. Papers of William Farrer
    Farrer, William, 1845-1906
    [ Unpublished : 1894-1906 ]
    At National Library
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  3. Correspondence
    Farrer, William, 1845-1906
    [ Microform, Unpublished : 1891-1905 ]
    At National Library
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  4. Letter : Lambrigg, Tharwa, to John Johns
    Farrer, William, 1845-1906
    [ Unpublished : 1876 ]
    At National Library
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  5. Papers
    Farrer, William, 1845-1906
    [ Microform, Unpublished : 1867-1906 ]
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  6. Grass, and sheep-farming : a paper : speculative and suggestive / by William Farrer
    Farrer, William, 1845-1906
    [ Book : 1873 ]
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    Grass, and sheep-farming : a paper : speculative and suggestive / by William Farrer
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  7. The Federal Capital : Waniassa as a site -
    Farrer, William, 1845-1906
    [ Book : 1903 ]
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    The Federal Capital : Waniassa as a site -
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  8. The making and improvement of wheats for Australian conditions / by W. Farrer
    Farrer, William, 1845-1906
    [ Book : 1898 ]
    At 2 libraries
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  9. The too common crow
    Farrer, William, 1845-1906
    [ Poster, chart, other : 1897 ]
    At National Library
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  10. Field book
    Farrer, William, 1845-1906
    [ Unpublished : 1901-1902 ]
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  1. Letters of William Farrer, wheat breeder : written from Lambrigg ... N.S.W. to Dr. B. T. Galloway and Mr. M. A. Carleton ... U.S. Dept. of Agriculture ... 1894-1906
    Farrer, William, 1845-1906
    [ Unpublished : 1922 ]
    At State Library of NSW
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  2. Papers of William Farrer
    Farrer, William, 1845-1906
    [ Unpublished : 1894-1906 ]
    At National Library
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  3. Farrer memorial oration
    NSW Agriculture
    [ Periodical, Archived website : 2001-2016 ]
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  4. [Biographical cuttings on William James Farrer, former Father of the Australian wheat industry, containing one or more cuttings from newspapers or journals]
    [ Published : 1900-1990 ]
    At National Library
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  5. William James Farrer : a biography / by Archer Russell
    Russell, Archer, 1881-
    [ Book : 1949 ]
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  6. Correspondence
    Farrer, William, 1845-1906
    [ Microform, Unpublished : 1891-1905 ]
    At National Library
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  7. William Farrer [E. J. Donath]
    Donath, E. J. (Egon Joseph)
    [ Book : 1962-1963 ]
    Languages: English;Undetermined, [1 other]
    At 27 libraries
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  8. Farrer Memorial Oration summary
    Farrer Memorial Trust
    [ Periodical : 1990-2008 ]
    At State Library of NSW
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  9. Proceedings - William Farrer commemoration, "Lambrigg", 15th April, 1956
    Macindoe, S. L
    [ Book : 1956 ]
    At 2 libraries
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  10. Letter : Lambrigg, Tharwa, to John Johns
    Farrer, William, 1845-1906
    [ Unpublished : 1876 ]
    At National Library
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  1. Website: Farrer Memorial Oration
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  2. Website: Using Lives: Essays in Australian Biography and History
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  1. William Farrer Collection
    Farrer, William, 1821-1906
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  2. Farrer, William vol. 2, 1851
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  3. Farrer, William vol. 4, 1851-1852
    Farrer, William, 1821-1906
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  1. Farrer, K. T. H., (Keith Thomas Henry) (1916-)
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    ... Farrer, K T H ... Keith Thomas H. Farrer was a long time member of the Commonwealth Committee on Food Additives and a ...
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  2. Hudson, William, (Sir) (1896-1978)
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    ... Hudson, William ... Sir William Hudson (1896-1978), civil engineer, was born on 27 April 1896 at East Nelson, New ...
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  3. Peacock, W. J., (William James) (1937-)
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    ... William James (Jim) Peacock has been Chief of the Division of Plant Industry, CSIRO, Canberra since ...
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  1. A FAMOUS AUSTRALIAN William James Farrer (1845-1906)
    Good Neighbour (ACT : 1950 - 1969) Thursday 1 December 1955 p 4 Article
    ... A FAMOUS AUSTRALIAN William James Farrer (1845-1906) Last month you read about a famous Australian ... many difficulties and setbacks. He was born in England in 1845, and studied at Cambridge University. He ... 653 words
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  2. WILLIAM FARRER
    Western Mail (Perth, WA : 1885 - 1954) Thursday 27 March 1952 p 52 Article
    ... WILLIAM FARRER "WILLIAM J, FARRER 1845-1906," is inscribed on a special issue of 1948 Australian ... quality. William Farrer died at the age of 61, but his work lives on and his memory is an inspiration to ... 256 words
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  3. William Farrer.
    Western Mail (Perth, WA : 1885 - 1954) Thursday 17 January 1935 p 49 Article
    ... very fitting memorial to this devoted Englishman, who was born in Westmoreland in 1845 and died in New ... South Wales in 1906. A Bluecoat School boy, he went to Cambridge and achieved distinction as a wrangler ... 318 words
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  1. William J. Farrer, and the results of his work
    Guthrie, Frederick Bickell
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  2. William J. Farrer, and the results of his work. Comp. by F.B. Guthrie, at the request of the trustees of the Farrer memorial fund
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  3. William J Farrer
    Sutton, George L
    [ Book : 1987 ]
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    Hocking, Geoff, 1947-
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  2. WALSH family records
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  1. Ellen Thomson : beyond a reasonable doubt? / Vashti Farrer
    Farrer, Vashti
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  2. Sense and sensibility : authoritative text, contexts, criticism / Jane Austen ; edited by Claudia L. Johnson
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  3. Movement, habitat utilisation and population status of the endangered Maugean skate and implications for fishing and aquaculture operations in Macquarie Harbour / Justin Bell, Jeremy Lyle, Jayson Semmens, Cynthia Awruch, David Moreno, Suzie Currie, A...
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  1. Mr Noah and the cats / Vashti Farrer and Neil Curtis
    Farrer, Vashti
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  2. Mr Pavlov's possum / Vashti Farrer & Vilma Cencic
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  3. Lulubelle and her Bones / Vashti Farrer ; illustrated by David Cox
    Farrer, Vashti
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  4. King Lear
    Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616
    [ Video : 1900-2016 ]
    Languages: English;Russian;Italian;Hungarian, [6 others]
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    King Lear
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  1. IN BANKRUPTCY. Re William Henry Farrer, of Argent-street, Broken Hill, tobacconist.
    New South Wales Government Gazette (Sydney, NSW : 1832 - 1900) Friday 22 July 1898 [Issue No.630] p 5476

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    ... In the Supreme Court; of New South Wales, (12,799) W BANKRUPTCY. lie William Henry Farrer, of ... 108 words
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  2. IN BANKRUPTCY. Re William Henry Farrer, of Argent-street, Broken Hill, tobacconist.
    New South Wales Government Gazette (Sydney, NSW : 1832 - 1900) Friday 8 July 1898 [Issue No.585] p 5110

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    ... . (12,799) IN BANKRUPTCY. Be William Henry Farrer, of Argent-street, Broken Hill, tobacconist. KOTICE is ... 68 words
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  3. IN the Supreme Court of New South Wales.—Probate Jurisdiction.—In the will of WILLIAM FARRER ECROYD, late
    Government Gazette of the State of New South Wales (Sydney, NSW : 1901 - 2001) Friday 29 January 1960 [Issue No.15] p 266

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  1. Anarchism : Is it Possible?
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  2. Farrer Memorial Medal
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  3. The Victoria history of the county of Lancaster. Edited by William Farrer and J. Brownbill
    Farrer, William, 1861-1924
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  4. William Farrer
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