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Parliamentary record : Part I debates (27 February 1985)



Parliamentary record : Part I debates (27 February 1985)


Debates for 4th Assembly 1983 - 1987; ParliamentNT; Parliamentary Record; 4th Assembly 1983 - 1987




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DEBATES - Wednesday 27 February 1985 sitting for library purposes. The permission expressly forbade the use of sound. I also advise honourable members that tomorrow morning the government photographer will take official photographs of the Assembly in session, and a group photograph will be taken, at lunch. ADJOURNMENT Mr HANRAHAN (Leader of Government Business): Mr Speaker, I move that the Assembly do now adjourn. Mr VALE (Braitling): Mr Speaker, in tonight's adjournment debate I would like to pay tribute to a former resident of central Australia, the late John Gorey of Yambah Station. John was born in Tennant Creek on 16 October 1942 and died in Canada on 27 November 1984. He was educated first in.Alice Springs and later completed his education at Scotch College and then Urrbrae. Agricultural College in Adelaide. The death of his father in the early 1960s placed a huge responsibility on John's shoulders. It was a responsibility which he took in his stride and, under his management and initiative, Yambah became one of central Australia's best run and most improved pastoral properties. It was because of these improvements thatYambah Station became one of the first properties in the Northern Territory to convert to perpetual leasehold. During the last 20 years, John, with the s.upport of his wife, Nancye, and his family, devoted much of his time and energy to developing a shorthorn cattle stud which was founded on Yambah. It was his belief that locallyproduced stud bulls would more readily adapt to Territory conditions, thus giving the locally-produced bulls an advantage over their southern and imported counterparts. His shorthorn stud received the benefit of some outstanding sires and many thousands of dollars were invested in the best that the country could offer. On many occasions, John met the challenge from Australia's leading shorthorn stud breeders to acquire the very best of top sires and bring them to central Australia. At the time of his death, he was supplying over 300 bulls yearly throughout the Northern Territory to cattle stations. The development of his shorthorn stud was something which had never been done within the Northern Territory. In recent years, stud bulls fromYambah Station have been purchased by such leading Australian studs as Gundabri and Kelso Park. Purchases by thes.e properties confirmed that John Gorey and Yambah Station were producing some of the best bulls in Australia. Althnugh shorthorns were his first interest, John had a great appreciation of the value and the potential of other breeds of cattle. He was one of the first cattlemen in Australia to use charolais and chianina. In recent years, John Gorey judged the shorthorn and chianina cattle in the Royal Brisbane Exhibition, and the Royal Adelaide, Royal Perth and Royal Sydney Shows. The judging of these shows bears testimony to the fact that cattlemen all around Australia believed John Gorey to be one of Australia's leading cattlemen. His last judging was in 1984, at the Royal Adelaide and at the Royal Brisbane shows. It was his penchant for innovation, improvement and development of beef cattle that took him to Canada in November 1984. He saw the need for new bloodlines in the shorthorn breed in Australia and, having studied the breeding operations and trends overseas, decided to take the initiative himself in seeking this new bloodline. 75

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