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Primac Gurus

Michael Barron

Michael Barron

Michael also hails from Cooyar and joined the successful Catons Primac selling team back in the late 80’s joining the likes of Caton, Grant & Erbacher. I first met him around this time at an auctioneer school in Toowoomba that John Higgins RIP was running and you could tell back then he was to be

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Margaret Barton

Margaret Barton

My early childhood days growing up in the South Burnett! I grew up on a farm in a dairying community at Brigooda in the South Burnett, our nearest town was Proston a hub of activity in it’s hey day. I went to a one teacher, one room, primary school, great memories of that. Unfortunately the

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Robert Cameron

Robert Cameron

Taroom Branch 1988 – 1992 I started at Taroom office on the 20th March 1988, Jamie Long – Branch Manager, Shaun McGuingen- Merch/Stock, Racheal Frith- Admin and me stock salesman. A specialist merch guy was brought in a few months later (can’t think of his name) and Shaun became full-time Livestock. Shaun resigned a couple

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Alan Walter Campbell (1880-1972)

Alan Walter Campbell (1880-1972)

Alan Walter Campbell, was born on 27 June 1880 at Apple Tree Gully, near Inverell, New South Wales, sixth of eleven children of John Campbell, a native-born station overseer, and his wife Mary Georgina, née McIntyre, from Scotland. The family moved to Bullerawa station in the Narrabri district where Alan was privately educated, mainly by

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Eric Caton (1913 – 1973)

Mary Metcalfe, the daughter of the late Eric Caton, has supplied this wonderful account of her father’s venture into the Stock and Station industry on the Darling Downs. Not once but twice, did Eric Caton successfully commence and operate a private agency business on the Downs. Both operations were subsequently sold to major Wool Broking

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Mr Con Clifford, 1st manager of Mactaggarts, Eidsvold

Tim Clifford (1945 – 2008)

                                                 Fellow Primac Guru, Vic Perkins, reflects on his time working and socialising with Tim Clifford. ” A little known fact was Tim’s prowess in the kitchen. I for one can vouch for many a terrific feed knocked up by him on the many overnight stays I had in Kilcoy. Tim was the sort of

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Cyril Close

Cyril Close

Taroom Branch – “The Kick off” In 1984 I started at Taroom Branch as Shed Boy / Merchandise sales with Jamie Long Branch Manager, Steve Truman Livestock Sales and Judy Staines Office Administration. I used to go with Steve to Wandoan to help draft for sale and load the trains afterwards. I learnt a lot

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Dennis Cotter

Dennis Cotter

I commenced work with Mactaggarts on the 7th December 1970 as an office boy working out of the mail room with Mr Bill Cooper. This lasted for twelve months and during this time our duties were doing mail runs, delivering paper work to the wool and produce stores, and of course the Tuesday pig and

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Barry Dixon

Barry Dixon

After completing my four wonderful secondary education years at Slade, I returned home for the Christmas holidays and then in late December 1964 I went to Brisbane. For a week I stayed with family friends at Annerley to look for a job, not knowing what I wanted to do. Tom Haire, the Mactaggart’s Wandoan Branch

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Neil Donaldson (1955 -2022)

Neil Donaldson, was a true Primac Guru. He was a legend of the beef industry, known by many across Queensland and Australia. He was easy to befriend, never held a grudge, and was the most likeable person one could ever meet. Neil was dealt a tough hand in life, but he never complained, always sticking

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<em>Glenn &amp; Jocelyn Dunn Wedding Day 1960</em>

Glenn Dunn

Glenn Dunn‘s amazing career with Primaries and Primac, spanned some 33 years. A true agent with heaps of personality, he was always going to succeed, to be a pier amongst his colleagues and clients alike. This is Glenn’s story! Richard Handley reflects on a story about Glenn. “During one of his initial chats to A.W.

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Alan Ferguson

Alan Ferguson

Childhood Born in 1930 to dairy farmers at Bowenville, I grew up milking cows every day before and after riding my trusty pony 4 miles to school and back. My dad William was a returned soldier from WWI and was an invalid from the war, so I was the man of the house from a

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Branch opening, somewhere on the downs . <em>Norm Jenner</em> and <em>Bill Smith</em> in background.

Wayne Fischer

“Unlike most Primac Gurus, in the thirteen years that I worked for Primac I only had one job and worked from one location. As a result, my bio not only covers my time at Primac, but pre and post Primac. However, like most Gurus, I have moved around a fair bit“. Written and contributed by

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Bernie Frawley

Bernie Frawley

It started in Townsville I started in Townsville in approximately 1972 . Jim McIntosh was the Livestock Manager and good person to learn under. First stint at Mackay Ken Hinton was the manager and a gentleman. After the cattle crash when QPP put staff off, Ken rang me in Western Australia, where I was working

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David Friend

David Friend

Most people would know or have heard of “Friendy” whose career spans well over 50 years with a large portion being at Roma & Warwick centres. I can’t remember how many years David had with Primac all up…but quite a few, as well as private agency tenure for himself and others. He was in semi

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Steven Goodhew

Steven Goodhew

This was all part of Steve’s development as a trainee stocky and the direction he wanted to head. From Dalby Steve transferred to Roma under the guidance of Agent Supremo Jock Mcpherson and auctioneer Mick Barron. Other than a short stint as OIC at Surat, Roma has been Steve’s backyard for the last 30 years.

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Richard Handley

Richard Handley

Early Career 1962 – 1965 On completion of senior, my first job was as a Jackeroo at Cunnamulla. I arrived at ‘Victo’ in the wee hours of the morning on the Westlander in January 1962. ‘Victo’ was one of a number of properties owned by the Griffith family, owners of the Toowoomba Foundry, and was

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