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John Inglis Dies Aged 88

Friday, 21st July 2006

Australian bloodstock industry icon John Inglis died in Sydney's Prince Of Wales Hospital aged 88. He had been managing director & chief auctioneer at leading thoroughbred auction house William Inglis & Son from 1957-1989 (when he handed over leadership to his nephew & current managing director Reg Inglis). His great-grandfather William Inglis (an auctioneer & stock agent) began the sales company in 1867 in George Street in central Sydney, before branching out in 1882 with "a horse bazaar between Castlereagh & Pitt Streets," noted thoroughbredinternet.com. William's son John Inglis joined the partnership in 1884 & "conducted its first sale at Newmarket at Randwick (its current headquarters) in 1906"; Newmarket was purchased in 1918 & "gradually expanded to provide stable accommodation for 600 horses". By 1934 "after buying out competitors, Inglis & Son was the undisputed leader in bloodstock auctioneering in Australia". John's son Arthur Reginald Inglis was managing director during this period; & his son John Arthur Inglis, in turn, took over as managing director upon his father's death in 1957 & still remained a director until this week. He was a life member of both the Australian Jockey Club & Sydney Turf Club; his best race runner Shaftesbury Avenue won a series of Gr1 events.

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