Gunn, John Alexander

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Gunn, John Alexander

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  • Hon John Gunn MLC

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1860 - 1910


John Alexander Gunn, station manager, vaccine inventor and politician, was born on 11 January 1860 in Buninyong, Victoria. He moved to New South Wales around 1878 and from 1880 was employed by Goldsbrough Mort and Company managing Yalgogrin and other stations. Gunn started investigations into the control of anthrax in sheep in 1880 after seeing a demonstration of inoculation against anthrax in sheep conducted by representatives of the Pasteur Institute, France. In 1895 Gunn collaborated with McGarvie Smith of Sydney on an anthrax vaccination, and formed a partnership in which Gunn's vaccine became McGarvie Smith and Gunn's anthrax vaccine. In 1897 he was moved to Borambola station as manager and in 1905 resigned from Goldsbrough Mort and moved to his own property Braehour near Wagga Wagga. Gunn was chairman of the Rabbit Destruction Fund committee; chairman of Narranderra Pastures Protection Board until 1897, afterwards of Wagga Wagga Board; chairman of the Pastures Protection Boards Advisory Council ( 1908-1910); a member of the Stockowners and Farmers and Settlers Associations; president of the Murrumbidgee Pastoral and Agricultural Society (1908). Gunn was a Councillor of Kyeamba Shire from 1906 to 1910 . In 21 July 1908 he was appointed to the NSW Legislative Council, serving his membership until his death on 21 September 1910.


Victoria; Yalgogrin, Borambola and Braehour stations, New South Wales

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local official; pastoralist; state politician

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Entered from deposit description on 15 September 2011




Parliament of NSW website: (accessed on 15 September 2011)
Keith Swan. A History of Wagga Wagga (1970)

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