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Etienne de Mestre

Etienne Livingstone De Mestre was  born on 9 Apr 1832 in George St., Sydney, NSW. and died at "Mount Valdemar", Sutton Forest, NSW on 22 Oct 1916 when he was 84. He was buried in the Church of England Cemetry, Moss Vale, NSW. Etienne was a Race Horse Owner And Trainer.

 

On 27 Dec 1873 when Etienne Livingstone was 41, he married Clara Eliza Rowe, daughter of George Taylor Rowe & Phoebe Melville, in St Matthias Church, Paddington, NSW. Clara was born in 1852 in Wollombi, NSW, and died died in Moss Vale, NSW on 7 May 1934, when she was 82. She was buried in the Church of England Cemetery, Moss Vale, NSW.

 

Etienne became heavily involved in horse racing and he trained many champion race horses, he was also an amateur rider and established a race track on the property. Etienne trained and raced "Archer" the winner of the first two Melbourne Cups. Etienne had many setbacks with his racing and other properties he had invested in and in 1883 the auctioneers moved in on Terrara. All proceeds went to cover Etienne's mortages.
In 1886 Terrara Estate was purchased by Hugh Mackenzie of Bundanon for 40,000 pounds.

 

Read about Etienne de Mestre on the Australian Dictionary of Biography site.

 

The Koori Connection

 

Etienne had  a child by an aboriginal woman, Sarah Lamb, in about 1850. This child was Helen, also known as Ellen, de Mestre. Clicking on this link will take you to the interesting story of Helen de Mestre and Charlie Ahoy.

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