The Trust is saddened to hear of the passing of Mr Robert Beggs, who devoted many years to serving the Trust and the agricultural community of Victoria.
Robert Beggs was a managing partner of a rural enterprise in Beaufort in western Victoria. Robert was heavily involved with the agricultural industry for over 50 years, particularly as President of the Royal Agricultural Society of Victoria and the Australian Superfine Wool Growers Association. He was a council member and Chairman of the Board of Marcus Oldham College Council. In 1969 Robert was awarded a Nuffield Farming Scholarship and in 1992 was awarded the Member of the Order of Australia in the Queen’s Birthday Honours in recognition of service to primary industry, particularly through the wool industry and the Royal Agricultural Society of Victoria.
Robert joined the Churchill Trust in 1985 as member of the Primary Industry Panel of the Victorian Regional Committee. In 1993 he was elected Chairman of the Victorian Regional Committee and also served in this capacity on the Board of the Trust until 2011.
In 2001 Robert was awarded a Centenary Medal for services to agricultural education. In 2012 he was appointed a Life Member of the Churchill Trust.
Robert’s contribution to the Churchill Trust was highly regarded and his engaging hospitality and warmth was very much appreciated by Board members, Trust staff and Churchill Fellows.