Moffatt, John

Born 1817? (Westfield)
Died 5 September 1871. (At sea)
Parents: John and Mary, nee Ferrie
Marriage: Unmarried
Occupation: Pastoralist
Religion: Presbyterian?

Career: Emigrated Van Diemen's Land 1839; arrived Port Phillip 1839-1840; employed by Clyde Company on Hopkins Hill station till 1843; at Breakfast Creek with brother Robert 1846; overseer of the Grange station for Captain Lonsdale 1848-1851; purchased Hopkins Hill estate from Clyde Company where he built Chatsworth House 1859-1860 at a cost of 20,000 and was host to Prince Alfred 1867. Owned other property and imported stud horses. Died on return journey from England His estate was valued at 350,000.

House Electorate Start *   End *  
MLAVilliers and HeytesburyNovember 1864 December 1865 

References: Billis, R. V. and Kenyon, A. S., 'Pastoral Pioneers of Port Phillip', Melbourne, 1932; Brown, P. L. (ed.), 'Clyde Company papers', vol.2, London, 1941; Osburne, R., 'The History of Warrnambool...', Prahran, 1887; Hamilton Spectator, 27 Sept 1871.
Initial data source: Thomson, K & Serle, G, 'A Biographical Register of the Victorian Legislature 1851-1900', ANU Press, 1972
Last update: 1972 (last date the record was checked and updated)

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