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James Gillis McDonald (middle row, 3rd from left)

James Gillis McDonald was born at Cobborah near the Talbragar River in about 1873 to Thomas McDonald and Eliza McNabb.  He married Harriet Cooper at Mudgee in October 1904 and the couple had at seven children.  His youngest son, Malcolm, later recalled that his father told him about tracking Jimmy and Joe Governor in 1900.  James knew Jimmy and didn’t shoot him when he had the chance.  Jimmy once fired a warning shot at James which struck his saddle.  The children later played with the saddle when growing up in Mudgee [ref]Interview with Malcolm McDonald at Toronto, 19 April 2012.[/ref].

James McDonald was the tracker at Wollar when the Governor brothers were on the run.  He lived in four room hut in the police paddock.  He also worked as a tracker at Rylstone, Cobborah and Mudgee.  He passed away at Mudgee in 1937 [ref]Moore and Williams 2001: 186-187.[/ref].

In the attached slideshow image James is positioned in the middle row, 3rd from left.

James Gillis McDonald - Related Police Stations:

Cobbora Police Station
Mudgee Police Station

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