The McPhie Family

Alexander McPhie

Birth: 4 February 1864, in Iona, New South Wales

Father: Neil McPhie

Mother: Mary (Kennedy) McPhie

Married: Emily Ethel Carpendale on 30 October 1895, in Toowoomba, Queensland

Headstone of Alexander McPhie and Emily Ethel (Carpendale) McPhie in Toowoomba cemetery
Headstone of Alexander McPhie and Emily Ethel (Carpendale) McPhie in Drayton & Toowoomba cemetery, Queensland
Death: 14 May 1940, aged 76
The Courier-Mail (Brisbane, Queensland) 15 May 1940 p18
Death of Mr. A. McPhie
TOOWOOMBA, Tuesday.—Mr. Alexander McPhie, of the firm of McPhie and Co., stock and station agents, Toowoomba, who had been in business for more than 50 years, died to-night at the age of 76. He was born in New South Wales, and in 1889 rode from Gunnedah (N.S.W.) to Toowoomba on horseback, to take over the management of Bacon and Co., stock and station agents. A few years later he bought the business and changed the name to McPhie and Co. He was successful in his venture, and branches of the firm were established in Longreach, Hughenden, Winton, Charleville, Dalby, Pittsworth, and Oakey. He is survived by two sons, Messrs. Hector (Toowoomba), Victor McPhie (Dalby), and two daughters, Mrs. L. H. Rutledge (Wambin, Quilpie), and Mrs. A. P. McWilliam (Alfala, Ley burn). His wife died in 1917.

Buried: 15 May 1940, in Toowoomba cemetery, Toowoomba, Queensland, Australia. Alexander's grave is in section CE7-12 block 9 allotment 26.
The headstone reads:
In Loving Memory of
Emily Ethel (Binnie)
dearly beloved wife of
Alex. McPhie
Died April 30th 1917, aged 46
At Rest.
Alexander McPhie
Died May 14, 1940,
aged 76 years.

1917: Ruthven Street, Toowoomba, Queensland   (World War I Embarkation roll of son Victor)


Hector Kitchener McPhie

Birth: 1900, in Toowoomba, Queensland

Father: Alexander McPhie

Mother: Emily Ethel (Carpendale) McPhie

Education: Victor attended King's School, Paramatta, New South Wales, and was Captain of the School in 1916 (The King's School Magazine December 1953 p88).

Married: Florence Nell Shanasy on 17 February 1926, in Scots Church, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Townsville Daily Bulletin (Queensland) 10 March 1926 p6
  At Scots Church, Melbourne, on February 17, the marriage was celebrated of Mr. Hector McPhie, of Charleville, Queensland, son of Mr. McPhie, Toowoomba, and Florence Nell, daughter of Dr. and Mrs. T. Shanasy, Alma Road, Camberwell. The Rev. W. Borland performed the ceremony. The bride, who was given away by her father, wore a frock of champagne-tinted chenille embossed georgette, and a becoming hat of crinoline straw in the same shade, trimmed with flowers. After the wedding, the bride's parents entertained their guests, who were all relatives of the bride and bridegroom, at luncheon.

Auctioneer with the company McPhie & Co., Toowoomba
The Mythology, Traditions and History of MacDhubhsith - MacDuffie Clan Volume 4 Part 2 p23 (Earl Douglas MacPhee, 1973)
Neil son of Alexander moved to Toowooba, Queensland, worked for and finally bought out a commission Agency, and named the company "McPhie and Co." By 1926, Hector son of Neil, became Managing Director. They sold many hundreds of thousands of sheep, 1,000 to 1,200 horses a month and about 2,000 head of cattle, each fortnight. During World War II they provided 6,500 pack and saddle horses for the U.S. Army. Toowooba became known as the largest horse selling centre in Australia, if not in the world. The Company was purchased by the A.H.L. & F. Co. of London in 1948, but Hector McPhie is still engaged lit the business. His son, Alexander Carpendale, has contributed this information.

Queensland Times (Ipswich, Queensland) 14 August 1948 p4
  It is announced by the Australian, Mercantile, Land, and Finance Co., Ltd., that it has acquired the old-established stock and station business of McPhie and Co., who conduct operations at Toowoomba, Dalby, Pittsworth, Oakey, and Bell.
  The business of McPhie and Co. was founded by Mr. Alexander McPhie in 1896 and conducted by him until his death in 1940, when his two sons, Messrs. Hector K. and Victor A. C. McPhie, succeeded him as partners. For the past 50 years the firm has operated on the Darling Downs. It is well known throughout the Commonwealth for the service it has rendered to the pastoral and agricultural industries. Both Messrs Hector and Victor McPhie will continue in, their present capacities, and the Australian Mercantile, Land, and Finance Co., Ltd.. also is taking over the existing staff of the firm.
  It is proposed to trade in the future under the name of McPhie & Co. Pty., Ltd.

Hector raised a herd of stud shorthorns at his homestead at Westbrook in Toowoomba.
Queensland Country Life 8 February 1951 p8
Mr. Hector McPhie, Toowoomba, has purchased Antrim Roan Sultan for the herd of stud Shorthorns he is getting together at his Westbrook property.
Antrim Roan Sultan (P) sired both Gunnawarra Mountain Queen 10th (P) and Gunnawarra Maud 15th (P), the two heifers which were bought at the Brisbane show sales last year by Messrs. Baker Bros, for their Gowrie stud at 875 guineas and 825 guineas, respectively.
He is a dark roan and proved practically a 100 per cent, dehorner and a high-class sire at Mr. F. S. Simpson's Gunnawarra stud. He is by Maridon Sultan (P) (imp. U.S.A.) which sired Antrim Lavender Sultan (P), the junior champion Poll Shorthorn bull at Sydney in 1946 and subsequently sold at auction for 750 guineas. Antrim Roan Sultan's second dam is Claret Sultana 8th (P) (imp. U.S.A.).
Mr. McPhie has acquired a choice, though small, collection of stud cows, including some from Turanville stud and some from Prospect stud. Antrim Roan Sultan is a six-year-old and should get good calves from the cows to which he is to be mated.

Hector was honorary secretary of the Queensland Polo Association
Northern Advocate (Whangarei, New Zealand) 7 December 1920 p6
Mr Hector McPhie, hon. secretary of the Queensland Polo Association, has received advice from Hurlingham, regarding the height of polo ponies. This is to the effect that a new rule comes into force as from 1st January next, which limits the height to 15 hands, plus half inch shoes.

Death: 1984, in Toowoomba, Queensland, Australia

1951: 123 Tor Street, Toowoomba, Queensland   (The Courier-Mail (Brisbane, Queensland) 24 February 1951 p8)
1953: Westbrook Homestead, Toowoomba, Queensland   (The Courier-Mail (Brisbane, Queensland) 21 November 1953 p7)


Victor Alexander Carpendale McPhie

Birth: 15 February 1897, in Queensland

Father: Alexander McPhie

Mother: Emily Ethel (Carpendale) McPhie

Education: Victor attended King's School, Paramatta, New South Wales, and was Captain of the School in 1916 (The King's School Magazine December 1953 p88).

Married: Mabel Agnes Selina Graham on 6 August 1934, in St Andrew's Presbyterian Church, Creek Street, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

The Courier-Mail (Brisbane, Queensland) 16 January 1934 p12
The engagement is announced of Mabel Agnes Selina (Ena) Graham, Dalby, and Victor Alexander Carpendale McPhie, Dalby

The Courier-Mail (Brisbane, Queensland) 15 August 1934 p10
GRAHAM.At St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church. Creek Street, Brisbane, on August 6, Victor Alexander Carpendale McPhie (Dalby) to Mabel Agnes Selina Graham (Dalby).

Mabel was born in 1912, in Queensland, the daughter of Alfred Charles Chapple Graham and Mabel Mary Browning Black.

Occupation: Auctioneer

Victor served Australia in World War I. He joined the Australian Imperial Force on 21 August 1916 and embarked with the Field Artillery Brigade from Melbourne on HMAT Suevic on 21 June 1917. At that time he held the rank of gunner, and was an acting sergeant. He was aged 19, and his trade was listed as "clerk".

Victor played cricket for Darling Downs, including a match against the Marylebone Cricket Club in Toowoomba on 8 December 1920, scoring 0 and 2 in Darling Down's innings defeat.

Death: 1983, in Queensland, Australia

1936: Dalby, Queensland   (The Courier-Mail (Brisbane, Queensland) 22 September 1936 p1)
1951: Sydney Street, Dalby, Queensland   (The Courier-Mail (Brisbane, Queensland) 24 February 1951 p8)
1967: Dalby, Queensland   (The Sydney Morning Herald 11 June 1967 p42)
1970: Dalby, Queensland   (The Sydney Morning Herald 8 March 1970 p47)

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