Currie, J. L. (John Lang) (1818-1898)

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Currie, J. L. (1818-1898)
Currie, John Lang (1818-1898)
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John Lang Currie (1818-1898), pastoralist, was born on 17 November 1818 in the parish of Yarrow, Selkirkshire, Scotland, son of William Currie, tenant of Howford, and his wife Henrietta, née Lang. He...

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John Currie is known as the father of the merino wool industry in Victoria and Australia as a whole. Through trial and error, hard work and perseverance, Currie established the Larra luster merino wool which was unequalled by any other wool types produced in Victoria. It was longer, finer and glossier then other wools and its density on the sheep was unmatched. The Larra luster merino even received the tag of 'perfect' at a London wool auction. His success led other farmers throughout Australia to start afresh, so Currie's sheep were in high demand. His sheep were even exported to South Africa and the United States of America. Between 1846 and 1879, Currie's sheep stocks rose from 6,161 to 34,277.

  • Life event - Migrated to Australia (Port Phillip)
  • Career position - Bought 1500 sheep and 32,000-acre (12,950 ha) Larra run near Camperdown in Victoria
  • Career position - Bought the 32,000-acre (12,950 ha) Larra run near Camperdown and 1500 sheep
  • Career position - Larra lustre merino established
  • Career position - Elected to the Camperdown Shire Council
  • Life event - Donated £500 to Ormond College at the University of Melbourne
  • Career position - Director of the Australian Frozen Export Co.
  • Career position - Bought Telemon station in New South Wales

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Encyclopedia of Australian Science

  1. Currie, John Lang
    Published: The University of Melbourne eScholarship Research Centre
    Series: Encyclopedia of Australian Science
  2. Currie, John Lang (1818-1898)
    Hone, J. Ann
    Published: Melbourne University Press, Melbourne, 1969
    Series: Australian Dictionary of Biography, 3, 510-511

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