A change of pasture for the Sutherlands

Anthea and John Sutherland with their daughter and winner of the 2010 Condobolin Miss Showgirl, Georgie Sutherland. By Olivia McInnes

It was a difficult decision for John and Anthea Sutherland of ‘Borambil’, Condobolin to move out of their family home of 25 years.

The Sutherland family history entwined in this well known local station dates right back to 1914 when John’s great grandfather William George Matchett bought “Borambil”.

The property was originally a 20,000 hectare spread which was later divided into four subsequent properties; “Borambil Park”, “East Borambil”, “West Borambil” and “North Borambil”.

“East Borambil” was inherited by John’s father and after going away to university to study engineering, John married and returned to Condobolin in 1986 to manage the property.

Twenty two years later, in 2008, Paraway Pastoral Company bought “East Borambil” as part of a three property aggregation and John stayed on as manager.

Then, when Paraway offered John the opportunity to manage Pooginook Merino Stud at Jerilderie in May of this year, John and Anthea made the difficult decision to leave behind all that family history and relocate to Pooginook.

“We decided to move down there to take a new direction” John said.

“We are enjoying the change. It was a big decision to move out of our family place, but we are looking forward to the challenges ahead.

“We will miss the community in Condobolin and the local area, but we will be backwards and forwards”.

The Sutherland’s move is not however an absolute end to the families ownership of “Borambil”.

John’s relative Merlyn Wallace of Sydney retains ownership of “Borambil Park”, the 5,600 ha homestead block.

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