Scholar Profile: 1966 Scholar Stanley Schur, WA Scholar from Zimbabwe

Updated: Aug 16, 2020

July 2020

R. STANLEY SCHUR is a 1966 Zimbabwean Nuffield Scholar, originally from Makovani Estates, Fort Rixon. This is a village and farming centre in Matabeleland, located some 48 miles from Bulawayo.


Stanley married Jeanette in Zimbabwe and had four children. They were married for 34 years before she was tragically murdered on the farm in 1993. They farmed large numbers of beef cattle, established an irrigation scheme on his property from a government dam and also grew maize. They won many farm competitions and held field days on the property.

Stanley moved to Western Australia with the family in 1980 for one year and gained permanent residency. They then returned to farm in Zimbabwe and in 1989 won the “Cattleman of the Year” Award.

In 2000, he married Molly who was a Zimbabwe farmer who lost her first husband. Molly has two children. In 2003, after witnessing the brutal push for independence for Zimbabwe, they moved to Western Australia permanently after losing the farm.

This is an extract from Rhodesian Farmer, published 9 September 1966 after his scholarship study to the USA.

Stanley Schur has recently returned from a stay in the United States as a Nuffield Scholar. He travelled widely, visiting Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Iowa, Nebraska, Colorado, Arizona, and New Mexico to study beef production.

He also attended a two-and-a-half months' Irrigation Course at Utah University, alongside farmers from 11 countries, and gained practical knowledge of irrigation work in Idaho, Washington and California.

He said that his visit was “of immeasurable benefit not only from technical aspects but through a broadening of his outlook on the whole approach to farming. It was like going into the future, what our farming will be like twenty years hence.”

He has written two thick books of reports of the experience he has gained of American stock and irrigation methods which it is hoped may be made available for wider distribution. In his words: