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S.A. Northern Pioneers: C.B. Fisher
Title : S.A. Northern Pioneers: C.B. Fisher S.A. Northern Pioneers: C.B. Fisher
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Source : B 6912/E9
Date of creation : ca. 1870
Format : Photograph
Dimensions : 50 x 33 mm
Contributor : State Library catalogue
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Portrait of C.B. Fisher from Bundaleer from the S.A. Northern Pioneers' composite, 1850-1859 (shown in position on B 6912/2).

Charles Brown Fisher was born 25 September 1818 in London, the second son of James Hurtle Fisher, the first resident commissioner of South Australia. The family arrived in South Australia on the Buffalo in 1836.

After a brief interlude as a merchant and importer, Charles Fisher went into partnership with his brother James in pastoral leases. They bought Bundaleer near Clare in 1854 and Hill River, near Clare in 1855 after selling large numbers of sheep and cattle to the Victorian goldfields. C.B. Fisher would become one of the biggest pastoralists in Australia with properties in Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland and later in the Northern Territory. However, he lost heavily in land speculation in the Territory and in 1895 became bankrupt and retired to Melbourne and finally to Adelaide.

Fisher was a keen sportsman and a great horseman and owned and bred horses for the turf. He also ensured that the draught horses used on his large farming operations at Hill River were well bred animals. The Victorian Racing Club 'C.B. Fisher Plate' which ceased being run in 1978 was named after him.

He died 6 May 1908 at Glenelg.

Related names :

Fisher, C. B. (Charles Brown), 1818-1908

Fisher, Sir James Hurtle, 1790-1875

Period : 1852-1883
Place : Clare, Bundaleer Station
Region : Mid North
Further reading :

Cockburn, R Pastoral pioneers of South Australia 2 v. Adelaide: Publishers Limited, 1925-1927 ("Reprinted from the Adelaide Stock and Station Journal.") vol. 1 pp. 16-17

Morphett, George C C.B. Fisher: pastoralist, studmaster and sportsman: an epic of pioneering Adelaide: Advertiser Printing Office, 1945

Death of Mr. C.B. Fisher Observer, 9 May 1908, p. 38, col. a-c

Internet links :

Australian dictionary of biography online edition : Search for Fisher, Charles Brown

Bundaleer Station 1870

Bundaleer Station 1890

Reaping operations using horse drawn machinery on C.B. Fisher's farm at Hill River Estate, 2 miles east of Clare. (60,000 acres) 1871

Woolshed, Hill River 1870



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