AARONS, JOSEPH (1821-1904), pastoralist and property owner, was born in Sydney, son of Joseph Aarons, merchant, and his wife Rachael, née Schlazenger, and educated by William Timothy Cape. In 1839 in partnership with Edward Austin he opened a general store in Bathurst. In 1840 he decided to extend his activities to the Wellington Valley but whilst travelling there was waylaid by bushrangers and robbed of goods worth £400. This encounter seems to have dampened his ardour, for there is no record of his having opened a store in that locality. He had not disposed of his business in Bathurst, where he later conducted an hotel, but he began dealing in livestock, an activity from which he was to make a fortune.
In 1854 Aarons acquired Burrendong station in the Wellington Valley and bought the livestock running on the property. Knowing that Victoria was a good market for stock he drove ...Read more at the source website