Officer was a member of the well-known Officer-Blackwood family of
pastoralists, the most prominent being his cousin Robert Officer
Blackwood (Melbourne General Cemetery). He was born in Melbourne on 29
January 1867, the eldest son of William Officer (1836-1913), grazier of Zara
Station at Deniliquin, New South Wales and Mary née Grace; Sir Robert
Officer (1800-79), medical officer and politician was his grandfather.
Educated at Geelong Grammar School where he distinguished himself in
athletics, football (later with Essendon in the V.F.A) and cricket (“being
captain of the team that held the reputation of being the best fielding side
a public school had produced”); he was also awarded prizes for Divinty
(1884), Bookkeeping (1886) and Divinty & Gym (1887). After leaving school
he studied in London before returning in 1894 and entered the employ of the
pioneering pastoral mercantile firm of “Dalgety & Co Ltd” where he remained
for the next forty years as a woolbroker (“and for a considerable period was
one of their wool experts”) before retiring in 1925. He then commenced as a
stock and station agent in
to Julia née Simson (d 1923) on 6 March 1895 at St. John’s, Toorak,
Officer died from a heart attack as he was leaving the Mitre Tavern, Bank
Place, Melbourne after lunch on 15 January 1927. He resided at Nya-Wi - 24 Tintern
Monumental Headstone (enlarge
Corfield, J & Persse, M., “Geelong
The Age 17 January 1927.
The Argus 17 & 18 January 1927.
The Pastoral Review 16 February 1927.
Mowle, P., “A Genealogical History of Pioneer
Families of Australia” (1978).
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