John D. MacArthur Biography

(c. 1767–1834)
John D. MacArthur was an agriculturist and promoter who helped found the Australian wool industry, which became the world's largest.


John D. MacArthur was christened on September 3, 1767, in Stoke Damerel, England. In 1789, MacArthur went to Australia as a lieutenant in the New South Wales Corps. In 1801, he was sent to England, where he interested manufacturers in the prospect of establishing a wool industry in Australia. By 1830, he had enlarged his grazing estate to more than 60,000 acres, becoming the dominant force in the wool trade. MacArthur in Camden, Australia, on April 10, 1834.

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