Deposit N392 - Mercadool Station (John David Hill) collection

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Mercadool Station (John David Hill) collection


  • 1906 - 1991 (Creation)

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5 boxes (4 Type 1 and 1 Type 2) and 1 ledger

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(1915 - 1991)

Biographical history

John David Hill was born on 19 September 1915 and attended Parkes Primary School and Parkes Intermediate High School. He inherited properties in the Parkes District from his father, Harold John Hill and his grandmother, Mrs E Arthur (nee Newbigging): 'Fedora' was drawn in a ballot c. 1906 by J D Hill's father and sold in 1949; 'Islay', which was a nearby property inherited by J D Hill, was drawn in a ballot c. 1906 by Mrs E Arthur and was sold in 1949; 'Locarno' was built in 1926 and purchased by H J Hill to be the family's town residence from 1927-1932, and was sold in the early 1950s; 'Tatura' was built in 1937 in J D Hill's name by his grandmother Mrs E Arthur who lived on the property. Mercadool, west of Parkes, was purchased from the Estate of A P Hunter in June 1950 and occupied by H J Hill & Son. Upon H J Hill's death in 1956, J D Hill bought out his sister, Doris G Nash's, half interest in Mercadool. J D Hill farmed Mercadool from 1950 to 1991. Hill died on 7 March 1991.

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(c. 1893 - c. 1991)

Administrative history

A pastoral property in the Parkes district of New South Wales later owned by John David Hill and his family. Previous stock and station owners for Mercadool station include Firebrace & Co and the executors of R E Firebrace (c. 1893 - c. 1907); Field and Moses Brothers (c. 1915 - c. 1923); A P Hunter and A P Hunter & Sons (c. 1925 - c. 1950). In June 1950 the property was purchased by Harold John Hill who ran the property with his son John David Hill, as J H Hill & Son, until his death in 1956. J D Hill managed Mercadool until he died in 1991.

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Collection of Hill family papers relating to their properties, Mercadool and Fedora, near Parkes, NSW. Includes legal and financial records, agricultural census returns, shearing records, correspondence, plans, rainfall charts and notebooks.


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Entered from deposit description on 19 September 2011




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