Robert McDougall

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Robert McDougall (16 April 1813 – 25 June 1887)[1] was a cattle breeder and politician in colonial Victoria, a member of the Victorian Legislative Assembly.[2]

Born in Fortingall, Perthshire, Scotland, McDougall was the son of Alexander McDougall, a sheep farmer, and his wife Grace, née Stewart.[1] McDougall enjoyed hunting and fishing in the western Scottish islands; from 1836 to 1839 he trapped beaver in Canada.[1] After returning briefly to Scotland, he emigrated to Australia, arriving in Melbourne in November 1841.[1]

In November 1856, McDougall was elected to the Victorian Legislative Assembly for West Bourke,[2] a position he held until resigning in August 1857.[2]

McDougall bred shorthorn cattle and bought the Arundel farm in Keilor in 1870.[1][2] He purchased two prize Booth type bulls from England planning to create stock in opposition to the Bates strain bred by his rival, Niel Black.[1] McDougall died at Ellora, Moonee Ponds, Victoria on 25 June 1887.[3]


  1. ^ a b c d e f Quaife, G. R. "McDougall, Robert (1813–1887)". Australian Dictionary of Biography. Canberra: Australian National University. Retrieved 22 August 2014.
  2. ^ a b c d "McDougall, Robert". re-member: a database of all Victorian MPs since 1851. Parliament of Victoria. Archived from the original on 7 July 2012.
  3. ^ "The Late Mr. Robert McDougall". The Argus. Melbourne: National Library of Australia. 29 June 1887. p. 9. Retrieved 23 August 2014.
Victorian Legislative Assembly
New district Member for West Bourke
November 1856 – August 1857
With: Patrick Phelan
Succeeded by
Joseph Wilkie