A man of in­tegrity


Western Times - - NEWS -

WIL­LIAM Richard Fisher is be­ing re­mem­bered as a man of his word, and a bril­liant hus­band, fa­ther and grand­fa­ther.

In his 83 years he was a gra­zier, a sta­tion man­ager, a mem­ber of AgForce, a nat­u­ral sports­man and a true boy from the bush.

Wil­liam Richard Fisher, com­monly known as Bill, was born at home on Novem­ber 1, 1932 in Syd­ney. He was to be the youngest of three chil­dren, Judy (de­ceased), John and him­self.

His par­ents were Eric and Pa­tri­cia Fisher. He was ed­u­cated at the De La Cell Bros School and Syd­ney Gram­mar, then onto univer­sity where he stud­ied three years of medicine, re­peat­ing the sec­ond year.

Dur­ing these uni years, Bill had to de­fer as he was called up for one of the first rounds of na­tional ser­vice, in prepa­ra­tion for the Korean War.

For­tu­nately he did not have to go and dodged that bullet.

Bill was a nat­u­ral ath­lete through these years and played top level ten­nis, cricket and rugby union.

While he was at uni, he was se­lected as a re­serve half­back for the Wal­la­bies and upon the other half­back break­ing his leg, was se­lected to go on tour to South Africa.

Bill de­clined this of­fer – in those days there was no ca­reer in football. He would have had to foot his own ex­penses.

Through­out his school years, Bill used to visit a prop­erty out of Bourke that a friend of his fa­ther’s owned. This was the start of his love for the bush.

Bill left uni and headed for Bourke where he worked on var­i­ous sta­tions as a jackaroo, over­seer and man­ager.

He met his wife Leah there. At first he did not im­press. She asked what he stud­ied at uni and he replied “football”.

Nonethe­less, they mar­ried in 1958 and had their first child Jane, in 1960. A friend and em­ployer of Bill’s bought Quil­berry in 1962 in Queens­land.

He was of­fered the job of man­ag­ing it. So 1962 saw Bill and fam­ily move to Queens­land with their sec­ond child Peter ar­riv­ing right in the mid­dle of this tur­bu­lent time.

Af­ter a few years Bill and Leah bought Quil­berry out­right.

Bill had a fas­ci­na­tion with Santa cat­tle. Upon go­ing out of sheep in 1976 he started to class his cat­tle up with the aim of breed­ing com­mer­cial bulls.

This was quite suc­cess­ful and led to the bulls be­ing sold at sales in Cun­na­mulla, Charleville and at the Quilpie show.

Upon the form­ing of the Heart­land group in Roma, Bill was in­vited to join as a mem­ber and laid claim to selling the top priced bull at one of their ear­lier sales.

Bill was hu­man. He could be ar­gu­men­ta­tive, cranky, happy, quick wit­ted and was well known for his dis­tinc­tive laugh, hon­esty was his big­gest virtue. He will be sorely missed by those clos­est to him.


HON­EST: Vale Wil­liam Fisher (1932-2015). Hon­esty was his best qual­ity.

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