The late Edward Bourchier - a nephew of Brigadier Sir Murray Bourchier - has been remembered for living life actively on his Strathmerton farm until he died in July this year.By Estelle Griepink
Family members of the late Edward Bourchier say his memory will live on at Woodland Park, the Strathmerton estate that has been in the family for 136 years.
Mr Bourchier was the nephew of Brigadier Sir Murray Bourchier, who led the 4th Light Horse Regiment at the Battle of Beersheba in 1917 and later represented Goulburn Valley in Victorian parliament and became Deputy Premier of Victoria.
Mr Bourchier died in July after losing a battle with pneumonia, but his daughter Judith said he had always been determined to live life to the full.
‘‘He wanted to go with his boots on. When he came home from hospital for a short period of time, he didn’t want to sit in the house,’’ Ms Bourchier said.
‘‘He was down looking at the barley, looking at the farm — he was still very active right until the end.’’
Mr Bourchier was born at Numurkah in 1924.
He went to Strathmerton State School — riding to school each day on his Shetland pony, Pip — then attended Numurkah Higher Elementary School and Wesley College in Melbourne.
After he finished school, Mr Bourchier was in charge of a horse team working on the family farm, which in those years was mainly a wheat, barley and sheep farm.
He saw many changes to farming during his career, including milking, irrigation and cropping upgrades, and worked on the fences of new irrigation bays even in his late 80s.
In 1948, Mr Bourchier went on a holiday to Phillip Island with a friend from Cobram.
It was there he met his future wife, Lorna Dunstan.
They married in Ballarat two years later.
Mr Bourchier was an active member of Numurkah Rotary Club and served as its president, treasurer and youth services director.
He was also president and secretary of Numurkah Probus Club.
He was involved in Freemasons , Murray Goulburn Amateur Athletics Club, Strathmerton Host and Hostess Balls, Numurkah Camera Club, Victorian Farmers Federation and the 4th Light Horse Memorial Association.
Mr Bourchier is survived by his wife Lorna, four children, eight grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Ms Bourchier said his descendents would continue to enjoy the historic farm that he was so proud of.
‘‘All the grandchildren love coming to the farm — it’s not unusual to find 15 people at Woodland Park in the summer holidays,’’ she said.
‘‘He was inspirational in all ways, he was so positive in his outlook on life, and he was very proud of his grandchildren and all their achievements, large or small.
‘‘He surely was one of nature’s true gentlemen.’’
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