Born: Apr 18, 1819 AD
Died: 1898 AD, at 79 years of age.
1819 - James Tyson, born on the 8th of April in Australia. He was an Australian pastoralist. He is regarded as Australia's first self-made millionaire. His name became a byword for reticence, wealth and astute dealing.
1845 - First squatting venture with a brother, William.
1846 - Ran out of money and started again
1852 - Started butchering business at Bendigo goldfields
1855 - Sold butchering business for eighty thousand pounds which was split four ways with his other three brothers.
1892 - He offered the Queensland government a loan of £500,000 towards the cost of constructing a proposed transcontinental railway, and at a time of economic depression he took up £250,000 in treasury bills to assist the government.
1893 - He became a member of the Queensland Legislative Council but did not take a prominent part in its proceedings.
1898 - Died on the 4th of December.
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