Awards and Appointments
1959-1965: Member of the South Australian Advisory Board of Agriculture
1962-1966: Member of the Advisory Council of CSIRO and member of the committee for cooperation between CSIRO and the Australian Universities.
1972-1975: Members of the Roseworthy Agricultural College’s Agricultural Courses Advisory Committee
1980: Appointed a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Agricultural Science and Technology (FAIAST)
1986: Appointed a General Member of the Order of Australia for services to agricultural development in Australia and developing countries
2008: Roseworthy Old Collegians Association (ROCA) Award of Merit
Please confirm family history and members including children, grandchildren? I have three children, seven grandchildren and five great grandchildren. I have been married to Margaret for almost 70 years – our anniversary will be held in November 2015. On my mother’s side, her family were very early settlers, coming to Australia in 1838. On my father’s side, my grandfather came out to Australia so I’m third generation Australian. He died when I was six-weeks old. He came from Northumberland in England and was a stonemason. He assisted in the building of the cathedral in Adelaide and then went off to Ballarat to make some money. Apparently, he returned to Adelaide on foot with a wheelbarrow. He called into Penola (south-east South Australia) on his return and helped build the pub there. Eventually he went onto the land 50 miles north of Adelaide.
Please outline a brief version of your business history? I graduated from Roseworthy College in 1939. I went to the University of Adelaide to do an Agricultural Science degree. Just 18 months into that, I joined the army.
Army Life I joined the army in 1940. I was in the 2nd 7th Australian Field Regiment (artillery) in the ninth division. We went to the Middle East in late-1940 and I was there for two-and-a-half years. I served in Palestine, Egypt, Lebanon, Syria, and then ultimately, and the most significant part of the service, we went back to Egypt a