Thursday, 23 May 2013

Death of Henry Moses 1926

Racing Pioneer.
By the death of Mr Henry Moses, the turf has lost the last of the pioneering committee men of the Hawkesbury Racing Club (writes "Martindale" in the "Sunday News.")
The Saturday before his  death the genial old Australian was present at Randwick to witness the Steeple chase. In a chat after the race the veteran, in company with Mr. G. Varley, spoke of men and horses of years gone by. 
A native of the Hawkesbury district, Mr. Moses had his first association with racing, back in the fifties, in connection with the meetings in those parts, when Messrs Schroder, I. Gorrick, B. Richards, J. Onus. R. Skuthorpe. C. Heather, G. T. Rowe. J. Windred, and others, raced on the old course with such famous old horses as Veno, Cooramin, Wilberforce. Black Jack, Lord Raglan, Running Rein, one of D. Mayne's first horses, and Jorrocks.
They were fine old country gentlemen, who were present the day that bluff old John Iliffe won the first Hawkesbury Grand Handicap in 1871, and many a pleasant half-hour have we spent chatting about them and their doings.
When the horses dropped out of the conversation we would turn to those old-time "cornstalks.'' who could quite hold their own with or without boxing gloves. The names of Bill Chalker, G. Bailey, Kable, Dargins, and others would crop up.
No doubt the death recently of his son, William, was a hard blow to the veteran. His sons, Messrs. W. and F. Moses, played a leading part for years in the breeding of horses at their stud farm, Arrowfield, producing some of the best ever seen on the Australian turf. In their younger days the Moses brother's were also famous on the cricket field.
(Muswellbrook Chronicle June 1926 page 6)

The death of Mr H Moses of Sydney, was announced in the "Courier" on Monday last. Mr Moses was a Hawkesbury native and 93 years of age. He was a director of the old Australian Steam Navigation Company and for many years, of the Commercial Banking Company of Sydney, the Perpetual Trustee Company, the Australian Gaslight Company, Rich and Co and the Commercial Union Assurance Company. In the later part of his life he became interested in pastoral properties, and owned Yowendah and Moorabie stations, fronting the Castlereagh and Barwon Rivers, Nombi station on the Liverpool Plains - which formerly belonged to Sir Patrick Jenning - Comballo station on the Mehi River, and Terryhiehie station near Moree. Mr Moses also owned seven large city properties including the building now occupied by Prouds Limited jewellers, at the corner of Pitt and King streets; Primrose Buildings in George-street; Fenchurch Building in Pitt-street, which he sold about three years ago for £80,000; and several buildings in York and Oxford streets. In Queensland also Mr Moses was interested in several station  properties.
Mr Moses commenced his Parliamentary career when he entered the Legislative Assembly as the member for the Hawkesbury electorate on December18, I869, and he continued to be the district representative until November 9 1880. Two years later he was elected for Canterbury but he resigned from the seat in 1885 and was subsequently appointed to the Legislative Council. He resigned his seat in the Legislative Council in July 1923.
 (Brisbane Courier 24 June 1926 page 4) 

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