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Alexander Stuart (Jock) Sturrock (1915–1997)

Alexander Stuart (Jock) Sturrock

Alexander Stuart ‘Jock’ Sturrock (1915—1997), yachtsman and businessman, was born on 14 May 1915 at Brunswick, Melbourne, only child of Alexander Stuart Sturrock, timber merchant, and his wife Dorothy Clarice, née Munt, both Melbourne born. The third generation male Sturrock to be called Alexander Stuart, he was nicknamed ‘Jock’ to avoid confusion. His father, a competitive yachtsman, encouraged Jock to begin sailing by providing him with a small dinghy when he was eight years old. Raised...

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Walter Scott Campbell (1844–1935)

Walter Scott Campbell (1844-1935), public servant, was born on 11 June 1844 at Maitland, New South Wales, son of Irish-born Francis Rawdon Hastings Campbell, medical practitioner, and his wife Selina,...

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