Richard Goldsbrough

(1821—1886) wool broker

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(1821–86) used experience gained in the Yorkshire wool industry to establish a business in Melbourne in 1848. By 1850 he was the leading broker in Melbourne and had established the colony's first regular wool auctions. With a range of partners, Goldsbrough extended into other branches of the industry, including pastoral properties. He opened a Sydney branch in 1882 and later amalgamated with Mort & Co. to form the famous rural firm, Goldsbrough, Mort & Co. Ltd. He was a crucial figure in the development of the Australian wool industry. A large and generous man, Goldsbrough was reputed to have once ‘entertained a champagne-loaded party at the Ascot races in a coach surmounted by a large emu-emblazoned flag’. vividly portrayed their social evenings in A Homestead History (1942).

From The Oxford Companion to Australian History in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Australasian and Pacific History.

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