Image: David Moore – courtesy of the State Library Victoria
David was the fourth son of Captain Joseph and Ann Moore. He was born in Sydney on the 4 February 1824. After completing school, David joined the firm Walker & Co and soon became recognised as an astute businessman. He moved to Melbourne (then known as Port Phillip) in the early 1850s and established a business in Flinders Lane and later in Bourke Street. During this time he was one of the founding members of the Melbourne Chamber of Commerce and eventually served as president of this institution for three terms over three decades. He also represented Melbourne in the very first Victorian Parliament; he was a director for the Bank of New South Wales for over forty years, chairman of the Southern Insurance Co and was a director of Victoria Sugar Co which would later merge with Colonial Sugar Refining Co Ltd (well-known Australian sugar brand CSR today).
David was extremely successful financially with a number of pastoral properties in both Victoria and New South Wales. He married Isabella Barass and had six children, four daughters and two sons. His eldest son Campbell, unfortunately suffered from deep depression and committed suicide by shooting himself in the same manner that his uncle Captain Joseph Moore Jnr had done many years before.
In later life, David acquired a large and very beautiful two storey homestead with a tower and colonnade in Charnwood Street, St Kilda where he died on the 11 July 1898.
His daughter Mrs Ethel Frances Laidley was awarded the M.B.E. for her Red Cross work during the First World War.
I have some truly exceptional Moore ancestors!