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in Sydney in March 1891. Mr. Gordon is the eldest son of the Rev. James Gordon, Presbyterian minister of Gawler, S.A., and was born in Scotland in 1850. He went to South Australia with his parents in 1859. His early education was obtained in Adelaide. After studying for two years in the theological classes for the Presbyterian Church he turned his attention to the law, and in 1876 he was called to the bar. For eleven years he practised his profession at Strathalbyn, of which town he was at one time mayor. He then entered into practice in Adelaide, and turned his attention to politics. In March 1890 Mr. Gordon presided over the Intercolonial Postal and Telegraphic Conference held in Adelaide, when proposals were made which resulted in important reductions in the cable and postal rates between England and the colonies. When the Playford Government was defeated on Mr. Holder's want of confidence motion in June 1892, Mr. Gordon resumed his former post as Minister of Education in the Government formed by Mr. Holder.

Gordon, Major James Miller, son of Carlos Pedro Gordon, of Aberdeenshire, was formerly in the Royal Artillery, and became connected with the South Australian military forces in Jan. 1882. In September of that year, when a permanent force of garrison artillery was formed under the provisions of an Act passed in 1878, and amended in 1880, Major Gordon was appointed major-commanding. In Feb. and March 1888, during Brigadier-General Owen's absence on leave, prior to his final retirement, Major Gordon was acting-commandant, with the temporary rank of colonel. He still commands the South Australian Artillery, and is aide-de-camp to the Earl of Kintore. Major Gordon was married in Melbourne to Eily, daughter of the late Edward Fitzgerald, of Castlemaine, Vict., on Feb. 29th, 1892.

Gordon, Patrick Robertson, was born in Aberdeen in 1834, and emigrated in 1853 to Victoria, where he engaged in squatting pursuits until 1864, when he was appointed Metropolitan Inspector of Stock in Sydney. In Feb. 1868 he exchanged this post for that of Chief Inspector of Sheep for Queensland, and, on the passing of the Brands Act in 1872, was appointed in July of that year Registrar of Brands, in addition.

Gordon, William Montgomerie, was appointed clerk to the Consul-General of the Western Pacific in August 1879; clerk of the Executive Council and chief clerk of Crown Lands in the colony of Fiji in May 1880, and also acted as secretary to the Lands Commission; Resident Commissioner and Stipendiary Magistrate for the island of Rotumah in May 1882; Commissioner to inquire into the claims of Europeans to land in Nov. 1882; Stipendiary Magistrate in Fiji in April 1886; and private secretary to the Governor of Ceylon in June 1887.

Gore, Sir Ralph St. George Claude, Bart., eldest son of the late Sir St. George Ralph Gore (q.v.), whom he succeeded as 10th baronet in 1887, was born in Queensland on May 10th, 1877, and resides with his mother at Dunrobin, Albion, Brisbane, Queensland.

Gore, Sir St. George Ralph, Bart., was the son of the late Hon. St. George Richard Gore, M.L.C. (q.v.) and Frances his wife. He was born in 1841; and, having gone to Queensland with his parents, married in 1876 Eugenia Marion, daughter of the late Hon. Eyles Irwin Caulfield Browne, M.L.C., of Queensland. In 1878 he succeeded his cousin as 9th baronet of Manor Gore, Donegal. He was the immigration agent at Brisbane for a number of years, but retired in 1886, when he was succeeded by Mr. Okeden. He died on Oct. 17th, 1887.

Gore, Hon. St. George Richard, M.L.C., of the same family as the Earls of Arran, and brother of the 7th baronet, of Manor Gore, Donegal, emigrated to Moreton Bay (now Queensland); and, settling in the Warwick district, was returned to the first Legislative Assembly of Queensland for the Warwick Electorate. He was Secretary for Lands and Works in the first Ministry formed under responsible government by Mr. (now Sir) Robert Herbert from Jan. to March 1862. Having been in the meantime nominated to the Legislative Council, he took office in the first Macalister Government as Postmaster-General, and represented them in the Upper House from Sept. 1866 to August 1867. He was again Postmaster-General and leader of the Legislative Council in the Lilley Ministry from Jan. to May 1870. Mr.

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