On the death of Thomas Chalmers in 1890, his eldest son, Thomas Cathcart, inherited the estate. Like his father, farming held little interest for him, and he continued to lease out the farmland.

Thomas Cathcart is most vividly remembered not as a farmer, but as a champion golfer who played in the Australian Open. A keen sportsman, he also rowed and played tennis and cricket.

As the century drew to a close, good farmland became scarce and criticism was directed at absentee landlords. By 1911 the Crown was short of land to grant or sell and resumed a portion of Woolmers under the Closer Settlement Scheme.

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