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Monday, 2 April 2001
Page: 26120

Mr St CLAIR (1:50 PM) —I rise to pay tribute to the late Mr Ian Seaforth Mackenzie from my hometown of Guyra. Mr Mackenzie was 85 years of age and was a pioneer in pastoral achievements in the New England region. Ian's father died at a very early age, and Ian was brought home from school to run the property. He was one of the original pioneers of aerial superphosphate and seeding in the region. He also commenced the breeding of Hereford cattle which, over time, was able to be converted to a Poll Hereford stud by using polled bulls. He was one of the earliest producers to use performance figures, breeding 19.5-micron wool merinos and achieving the top average price with Schute Bell during the early 1970s. Glenshiel, Ian's original property, was 4,000 acres when he took it over. Over the next few years, he accumulated a further 2,500 acres. His services to the community involved Rotary and the Guyra Show Society of which he was patron for 70 years. He was a member of the Guyra Bowling Club, a life member of the Guyra Golf Club, a member of the Historical Society, Branch President of the Guyra Graziers Association, and a member of the New South Wales Farmers. He was a council member of The Armidale School, a member of the RSL, a patron of Guyra rugby, a judge at the Armidale AJC, and a past president and member of the Armidale Picnic Races. He continued to have a love of rugby and horse racing throughout his life. Ian served with the 12th Light Horse during World War II. (Time expired)