George Fairbairn

George Fairbairn (1855 - 1943)

Privacy Level: Open (White)
Sir George Fairbairn
Born in Newtown, Victoria, Australiamap
Ancestors ancestors
Husband of — married in St. John's Church, Toorak, Victoria, Australiamap
Husband of — married in Victoria, Australiamap
Descendants descendants
Died in South Yarra, Victoria, Australiamap
Profile last modified | Created 13 Feb 2017
This page has been accessed 139 times.


Sir George Fairbairn was a pastoralist, politician, company director and oarsman.

George was born in 1855, the son of George Fairbairn and Virginia Charlotte Armytage.[1] His brothers were Charles Fairbairn (1858-1925), pastoralist and oarsman, Frederick William Fairbairn (1865-1925), pastoralist, Red Cross director and sportsman, James Fairbairn (1856-1891), medical practitioner, Thomas Fairbairn (1860-1918), pastoralist, and Stephen Fairbairn.

George was educated from 1864 to 1871 at Geelong Church of England Grammar School; Charles attended in 1868-75 and Frederick in 1880-84.

For some years George managed Peak Downs and Barcaldine stations in Queensland for his father. In the early 1880s he returned to Victoria and joined William, Sloane & Co., stock and station agents, and in 1886 became manager of the Union Mortgage & Agency Co. of Australia Ltd. In 1890 he took over the family property of Lara, where he at once established a merino stud and in 1900 a Shropshire stud. Later he acquired Benarca, near Deniliquin, New South Wales, and Greenlaw, Mount Martha, Victoria. His business interests increased, and he was a director of the Union Trustee Co. of Australia Ltd for more than forty years, chairman for more than thirty of the British & Foreign Marine Insurance Co, Ltd., chairman until 1925 of the Victorian board of advice of Dalgety & Co., a director of the Australian Mutual Provident Society and head of the family firm of G. & C. Fairbairn.

On 24 November 1880 at St John's Church of England, Toorak, Melbourne, he married Jessie Kate Prell; they had a son and a daughter. His wife died in 1921.

In 1903 Fairbairn was elected to the Legislative Assembly seat of Toorak which he held until 1906 when he resigned to contest the newly created seat of Fawkner in the Federal House of Representatives. He lost that seat in the redistribution of 1913, but in 1917 was elected to the Senate.

In 1924, George Fairbairn married Lorna Bessie Robertson at the Presybyterian Church in Mornington. [2]

He passed away in 1943, aged 88.[3]

BIRTH. VIC BDM Birth Reg: #4570/1855
Family name FAIRBAIRN
Given names George
Event Birth
Father's name FAIRBAIRN George
Mother's maiden name Virginia Charlotte (Armytage)
Place of birth NEWTOWN

BIRTH NOTICE. At the Hermitage, on Friday, 23rd instant, Mrs Geo. Fairbairn, of Couqbool River, Glenelg, of a son. Geelong Advertiser and Intelligencer (Vic. : 1851 - 1856) Mon 26 Mar 1855, Page 3:

DEATH. VIC BDM Death Reg: #11525/1943
Family name FAIRBAIRN
Given names George
Event Death
Father's name FAIRBAIRN George
Mother's maiden name Virginia Charlotte (Armytage)
Place of birth GEELONG
Place of death SOUTH YARRA
Age 88

DEATH NOTICE. FAIRBAIRN.—On October 23, at 3 Como avenue, South Yarra, Sir George Fairbairn, in his 89th year. The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957) Mon 25 Oct 1943, Page 2:


  1. Victorian birth registration 1855: 04570,,Fairbairn,George,George,Armytage Virginia ChTte,Newtown,
  2. Victorian marriage registration 1924: 01929,,Fairbairn,George,Robertson,Lorna Bessie,, 1924: 01929,,Robertson,Lorna Bessie,Fairbairn,George,,
  3. Victorian death registration 1943: 11525,,Fairbairn,George,Fairbairn George,Armytage Virginia Chltte,South Yarra,88,

More Genealogy Tools

Sponsored Search

Searching for someone else?
First: Last:

DNA Connections
It may be possible to confirm family relationships with George by comparing test results with other carriers of his Y-chromosome or his mother's mitochondrial DNA. Y-chromosome DNA test-takers in his direct paternal line on WikiTree: It is likely that these autosomal DNA test-takers will share DNA with George:

Have you taken a DNA test for genealogy? If so, login to add it. If not, see our friends at Ancestry DNA.

Images: 1
George Fairbairn Image 1
George Fairbairn Image 1


George is 31 degrees from Rosa Parks, 21 degrees from Anne Tichborne and 13 degrees from Victoria of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland on our single family tree. Login to find your connection.

F  >  Fairbairn  >  George Fairbairn