Big cattle station at centre of land rights victory changes hands

Western Grazing sells Wave Hill

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LOTS OF LAND: At more than a million hectares, Wave Hill is believed to be the second biggest cattle station in Australia.

LOTS OF LAND: At more than a million hectares, Wave Hill is believed to be the second biggest cattle station in Australia.

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Another of Australia's biggest cattle stations has changed hands.

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Another of the Northern Territory's biggest cattle stations has changed hands.

Western Grazing Company has sold the 1.25 million hectare Wave Hill Station for a reported $104 million.

Wave Hill was the location of the famous walk-off by Indigenous stockmen led by Vincent Lingiari in 1966.

The selling price was bumped up as it was sold on a walk in, walk out basis with 40,000 branded Brahman cattle as part of the sale deal.

Wave Hill is in the Victoria River district, about 460km south west of Katherine and the sale included adjacent Cattle Creek.

The stations have been held by Western Grazing for the past 28 years and was sold to a syndicate of South Australia's Jumbuck Pastoral Co. and three investors.

A new business called Wave Hill Holdings Pty Ltd was created for Jumbuck partners Callum and Jock MacLachlan, parent company Commonwealth Hill Pty Ltd and the three investors.

Those investors are Bruce Wilson (Reece Group), AFL chief executive Gillon McLachlan (related to Jumbuck's owners) and Robert Frost from Melbourne.

The sale of one of Australia's biggest cattle stations came soon after an Australian company with family links to one of South Africa's richest men scooped up its sixth big cattle station in the NT.

Rallen Australia bought the 70,000ha Larrizona Station which has been on the market for almost a year.

Rallen Australia is owned by Sydney couple Pierre Langenhoven and Luciana Ravazzotti Langenhoven and is believed to have backing from Giovanni Ravazzotti, the father of Luciana.

Mr Ravazzotti is the founder and majority owner of ceramics manufacturer and retailer Italtile who has been ranked by Forbes as one of South Africa's richest men.

Wave Hill was sold walk-in walk-out with 40,000 Brahman cattle.

Wave Hill was sold walk-in walk-out with 40,000 Brahman cattle.

Jumbuck Pastoral is a family owned company, established in 1888 by the MacLachlan family.

Jumbuck already has a dozen properties in South Australia, Western Australia and New South Wales and are by reputation the biggest wool growers in Australia.

More reading: Mural unveiled to Vincent Lingiari.

The extensive pastoral operation currently runs sheep on stations in the three states and cattle in the west Kimberley.

Jumbuck moved into the NT with the purchase of the 540,000ha Killarney Station in the NT for $35 million in 2014.

Killarney made the news in a tragic way last year after the deliberate shooting of about 30 stock horses on the station in September last year in an incident which shocked the Territory..

Western Grazing's other properties are all in Queensland: Morstone Downs, Camooweal (176,000ha); Oban Station, Mount Isa (261,000ha); Magowra, Normanton (294,000ha); Allendale, Augathella (21,000ha); and Eurella, Roma (22,000ha).

Western Grazing's cattle business was founded Brian Oxenford who bought many stations, included Wave Hill, from the British pastoralist Lord Vestey.

Wave Hill was also the 1966 location of the famous walk-off by Indigenous stockmen led by Vincent Lingiari.

Mr Lingiari led striking workers off the station in a bid for improved pay and conditions in what was a landmark moment in Aboriginal history.

Almost a decade later, then Australian Prime Minister Gough Whitlam poured soil into the hands of Mr Lingiari during a visit to Wave Hill to mark the return of more than 3000 square kilometres of the Wave Hill cattle station to his people.

Native title was declared over nearby Limbunya Station only late last year.

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