Knight, Charles Martin Castle

Personal Details

First nameCharles
Middle nameMartin Castle
Date of birth01/07/1890
Place of birthRockhampton, Qld
Date of death15/02/1938
Age at death50 years


Son of George Knight & Florence Amy Castle m.24/12/1887

Brother of George Alfred Forbes Knight b.01/10/1888

Husband of Mary Donovan m.01/02/1911

Father of –
Audrey Helen Florence b.31/03/1912
Colin Donovan b.10/03/1914

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Grave number154
AddressWarrandaroo Station
Date of funeral16/02/1938

Died from Gunshot wound to head

The Longreach Leader Saturday 19 February 1938
The death occurred in the Muttaburra Hospital at 9.45 a.m. on Tuesday of Mr. Charles Martin Castle Knight, from a gunshot wound received at his home Warrandaroo, about two hours earlier, from where he was conveyed to the Muttaburra Hospital.
Born in Rockhampton 50 years ago, he commenced his business career with Denham Brothers, Rockhampton and Emerald, at which centres he gained a good deal of experience in stock and station activities, particularly in horse and cattle auction sales. He then went to Saltern Creek as a jackeroo and after twelve months joined L. C. Wooldridge & Co. Ltd., Stock and Station Agents, of Longreach, where he worked for about ten years. He then accepted a position as sales manager of Edkins Marsh & Co. Ltd., of Longreach, but later rejoined L. C. Wooldridge & Co. Ltd., as a partner in the business. He subsequently purchased the interests in the firm of Mr. L. C. Wooldridge and carried on the business alone until 1923.
As a stock and station agent, Mr. Knight gained the reputation of being one of the most active and energetic salesmen employed in the business in the State. During his agency career he made a very wide circle of friends and clients and was associated with numerous big deals in both sheep and properties. One station property in the Longreach district handled solely by Mr. Knight was sold at £80,000. Some very big sheep deals passed through his hands, on one particular occasion a station line of 35,000 wethers was sold three times within a few weeks. In those days Longreach agents enjoyed a wide reputation for handling of big business and the name of Charlie Knight was one always prominent and to whom buyers and sellers always looked for information and attention. A long career of keen hard work and activity in the agency business fitted him for the ventures he subsequently handled on his own account. Whilst in the agency business he extended his interests by purchasing Stormhill in the Longreach district, which property he worked for some years, selling out about 1923. He immediately re-invested in Arrowfield in the Isisford district, this property being sold twelve months later by auction. He then, in partnership, acquired Warrandaroo near Muttaburra. His partners were bought out a few years later and from 1927 onwards he conducted Warrandaroo on his own account up until the time of his death.
The funeral took place from All Saints’ Anglican Church, Muttaburra. Rev. J. E. Wheatley, who flew by special taxi plane from Longreach, officiated at a service at the Church, and afterwards at the graveside.
He is survived by his widow, one daughter (Mrs. J. C. Anderson, Mt. Cornish, Muttaburra), three sons, Messrs. Colin D., Stephen G., and Ross C. Knight (Warrandaroo) and one grandchild.
[Source: OBITUARY. (1938, February 19). The Longreach Leader (Qld.: 1923 – 1954), p. 14. Retrieved September 12, 2013, from]