Ian Bourchier, Care­taker at St An­drew’s Chapel

Dubbo Photo News - - News - - In­ter­view & photo by Darcee Nixon

My fa­ther, who was in the First World War, took up a Sol­diers Set­tle­ment Block on Tup­pal Sta­tion, near Tocumwal on the Mur­ray River, where I lived for 25 years. High School was at The Scots School Al­bury. There were no school buses in those days. When I first left school, I drove Cly­des­dale horses each Au­tumn for 12 years, lay­ing out ir­ri­ga­tion. It was a great life I re­ally en­joyed. I did Na­tional Ser­vice in the Army from 1952 to 1954. The Korean War was on at this time. If you passed the med­i­cal, you had to go. I was Sec­re­tary for 1600 farms in the Ber­ri­gan area for a num­ber of years, on the Ex­ec­u­tive Ir­ri­ga­tors Cen­tral Coun­cil.

For 10 years, I was Pro­mo­tion Me­dia and Pub­lic Re­la­tions Of­fi­cer for the whole of Aus­tralia, serv­ing on the Na­tional Board. At this time, over 500 trainees were com­ing to Aus­tralia, for seven to nine months, to work on farms. We Zoo had from place­ments Nor­way and come Swe­den, to Dubbo mostly young­sters their home coun­tries. that worked at zoos back in I did two over­seas trips for the In­ter­na­tional Agri­cul­ture Ex­change. I chaired a work­ing group at a World Con­fer­ence at Vings ted in Den­mark. It was a week-long con­fer­ence held in the Dan­ish Olympic Train­ing Vil­lage, with del­e­gates from 16 coun­tries. It was in Fe­bru­ary 1985 with a lot of snow out­side. My wife Joyce was also able to at­tend and it was a week we will never for­get.

Joyce and I hosted 25 trainees over a pe­riod of about 30 years from quite a few coun­tries. We had a prop­erty, “Tor­ring­ton” near Cowra, which had a very big home­stead and gar­den, and it was a re­ally ideal place to host over­seas trainees. I have been mowing lawns for Unit­ing Church and cur­rent own­ers Paul and Bar­bara Carter for over 10 years. I cur­rently re­cite some po­etry at the Se­niors Lun­cheon, Wes­ley Hall and also at Kin­tyre Liv­ing.

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