Educator, farmer in hall of fame
Agricultural Hall of Fame 2018 inductees UWA emeritus professor Alan Robson AO and the late Eric Farleigh, a former Boyup Brook pioneering farmer, were acknowledged for their contribution to agriculture at last week’s Royal Agricultural Society of WA’s ceremonial luncheon.
The two agricultural giants will be immortalised through portrait work, which will be unveiled next year at Claremont Showground’s David Buttfield House, where 61 previous RASWA AHF inductees have been displayed.
The unveiling of the 2017 inductee, Q-Lamb creator Peter Trefort, of Narrogin, was a highly anticipated event of the day.
RASWA president Paul Carter welcomed the many distinguished guests including WA Governor Kerry Sanderson.
He said since the 1999 inception of the Wesfarmers-sponsored AHF, 36 inductees were from WA, six were from the Eastern States and 19 had overseas origins.
Professor Robson said he was delighted to join the ranks of many people he had known and regarded. An internationally recognised agricultural scientist, Professor Robson’s research interests include the mineral nutrition of plants and soil fertility.
Eric Farleigh (1898 to 1988), a Hawkesbury Agricultural College graduate, took up 920ha in Boyup Brook which was deemed unsuitable for soldier resettlement by the Repatriation Board in 1924.
His intuitiveness in combining lime with basic phosphate to fertilise soil, and how subterranean clovers worked towards soil fertility were his soil improving legacies.
RoyalAgricultural Society of WA 2017 Hall of Fame inductee Peter Trefort and artist Felicia Lowe at the unveiling ceremony at the Claremont Showgrounds' David Buttfield House.