One of five children, Ian grew up in central Victoria to a farming family. Ian enjoyed life. Piano lessons with Mrs Southcombe (his future wife Dulcie's mother) were torture especially when two year old Dulcie cried!
In the early 1950s Dulcie and Ian were married. Three children followed, Roslyn, Heather & John. Ian took a farm manager's position at ‘Gilgai’ Nagambie. From Nagambie they moved to Lima South and farmed. From Lima South they moved to Benalla where Ian worked in a stock and station agency and then in real estate.
Upon retirement in 1987 Ian embraced the computer. Joining U3A he was educated in investments. Stocks and shares were the order of the day. Ian convened the U3A cyclists’ group for many years and in 2016 shared stories of his life during Writing Workshop.
Ian was a life member of the Agriculture Society and contributed in many ways to the welfare of the community. Hoisting the Flag on Australia Day, reciting the ANZAC oath, on various committees, Ian was ready to help.
Ian had an interesting life. A child of the Depression, Ian at 8 years old flew with Kingsford Smith and in 1943 as a young man undertook a very large droving job with his father from Carisbrook near Castlemaine to the Angliss Meatworks at the Newmarket saleyards ‘probably one of the last big droving jobs into the metropolitan area’. Ian was recruited into ‘dad's army’ (the Home Guard) during World War II.
Ian’s ancestry is Yorkshire in England, but he was Aussie to the core. Albert Facey's book A Fortunate Life is how Ian thought about his own life.
Farewell Ian, we are fortunate for having known you.