WESTERN Australian pastoral and seedstock industry legend Dick Vincent passed away peacefully at his home south of Perth last week, aged 97 years.
As well as being a successful commercial cattle producer in the state’s north, he maintained a lifelong love of breeding seedstock animals, both beef cattle and Thoroughbred horses.
Following secondary schooling at Hale School in Perth, Dick went to the “The Grange”, on the Irwin River, then owned by his grandmother, Francis Mitchell. Soon after, he enlisted in the RAAF in World War II being discharged in 1945 when he returned to The Grange.
With just 200 pounds in his pocket he took up horse breaking and share farming. In 1950, a war service loan allowed him to acquire ‘Tanga’, a 700ha farm at Toodyay.
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Written by Jon Condon