The Laird of Deepwater is a biography of William Cadell the
son of J.J. Cadell.........
"LAIRD OF DEEPWATER." An Interesting Personality. A copy of
the "Scottish Australasian'' to hand, under the title of "The Scot We Know,"
contains a biographical sketch of William. T. Cadell, the "Laird of
Deepwater," accompanied by an excellent portrait and a piece of family tartan.
Mr. Cadell, it is explained, is the descendant of a good old Covenanter, who was
a man of importance soon after the Reformation.
His father, was Dr. Cadell, who sailed in 1839 for the little
known colony, of New South Wales, where he married and settled at Raymond
Terrace, on the lower Hunter River, where "the Scot we know" was born in July,
After a successful career as a medical practitioner, Dr.
Cadell, the father of the subject of, these remarks, states the biography,
purchased or took up the mountainous and unfenced: station of Dungowan, near
Tamworth, and began pastoral pursuits in this (at that time) outpost of
civilisation where horse mail was delivered once a week, when possible.
Meanwhile, his son was being educated at Raymond Terrace, and
at Windsor, on the Hawkesbury River, and when 16 years of ago he began his
life's work on his father's station, and there became deeply learned in the
cults of horse, cattle, and sheep, and all kinds of strenuous bush work. In
these early days native wild dogs, or dingoes, enjoyed a high old time among
.sheep and lambs on those unfenced mountain stations, and sorely tried the
patience and skill of the shepherds, as well as the pockets of the squatters.
Mr. Cadell followed his calling here for 14 years, during
which time he married the daughter of the Hon. J. D. Macansh, a large squatter
on the Darling Downs. The ambitious and brave young couple determined to paddle
their own canoe, and to this end sought "fresh fields and pastures new."
In 1875 they crossed the Moonbi Ranges, and the pastoral
plains of Armidale, over the snow-covered plateau of Ben Lomond, across the
rich, black soil plains of Glen limes, where Highlandmen had already settled,
and to Deepwater Station, where 30 years before Thomas Windeyer, a man of iron
will and undaunted courage, had formed a station surrounded by hostile
natives. Here W.T. Cadell halted—bargained for, and finally took possession of
the station with 13,500 sheep and 2200 cattle. The history of Deepwater Station
through the whole of the intervening years is a tale of high ideals realised,
enduring endeavour, and a long battle nobly and bravely fought.
From the day of his entry Mr. Cadell's one purpose has been
to breed only, and to own, the very best and finest classes of sheep and cattle,
and in this he has been singularly successful. "Deepwater cattle, sheep and wool
command the highest market prices. They top the markets for weight, quality and
price, and this is solely duo to the unremitting care and personal attention,
the courage, and masterful management and profound knowledge of the owner. The
biography pays a warm tribute to Mr. Cadell's personal worth, and refers in
similar strain to his wife, "an amiable lady of cultivated tastes, and of rare
intelligence and worth, who indeed has contributed no insignificant part to the
success and the wide popularity of the 'Laird of that ilk.' where unstinted
hospitality and the warmth of the traveller's welcome is proverbial."...Tamworth
Daily Observer 20 November 1