NSW DPI Retired Officers

Generally known as the “Old Aggies” the main aims are to continue the friendship and camaraderie developed amongst officers of the NSW Department of Primary Industries, often over many years of employment with the Department.

In achieving its aims, the group organises luncheons in Sydney (December) as well as in the country, currently at Orange, Alstonville, Wagga Wagga, Laurieton, Gosford and Tamworth.

In addition, a newsletter is sent to all members twice a year containing important information about members or items written by them, describing either their time in the Department or since leaving as the case may be.

Membership is open to anyone who has worked for the Department or who may be invited by the committee to join.

The joining fee is a very modest $10.00 for one year.

If you would like to join or obtain additional information, contact:

From the President’s desk

This year we celebrated the 36th year of Old Aggies and one of the more significant developments over this period has been the formation of regional branches. Regional meetings have greatly strengthened Old Aggies so our thanks go to the local organisers for the successful and well attended luncheons at Laurieton, Wagga, Alstonville, Gosford, Tamworth and Orange.

Special thanks to Peter Witschi and his wife Frances for starting the Orange Group but now has decided to hand over the organising to Len Banks. Well done Peter and many thanks for your wonderful contribution.

Many will be sad to read the passing of Alan Lee, long time (21 years) coordinator of the Laurieton Group. A few weeks after Alan’s death his wife Val passed away suddenly. Both will be sadly missed by Old Aggies. I valued their friendship and support over many years.

Old Aggies gatherings/luncheons are a great way to renew old friendships as well as get to know other former colleagues who worked in different sections of the NSW Department of Agriculture.

My special thanks to the executive and committee for their support and encouragement during the year. Once again it has been my pleasure to have been your President, I extend an invitation for your continued support for our association.

Best wishes for Christmas to you and your families and I trust that 2019 brings good health, great wealth, peace and happiness to all - Frank Doughty

Vale Fred Benecke

Fred died on 7 November aged 87 years. Fred and Margaret had moved in the last few months to Tallwoods Aged Care at Wahroonga. Fred’s career started as an Apiary Officer, then Regional Supervisor and finally Executive Officer before retiring in 1990. More details of Fred’s service to Agriculture will be published in the next Newsletter.

Diary Dates

Alstonville luncheon Monday 16 September 2019
Commencing at 11.30 am to eat at 12.30 pm
Federal Hotel, Alstonville Geoff Jacobs
0412 107 727 or
Armidale/Tamworth luncheon Wednesday 20 March 2019
12 noon for 12.30 pm start
Bendemeer Hotel Dr Barbara Vanselow
0434 344 992 or
Gosford luncheon Thursday 7 November 2019 Central Coast Leagues Club Geoff Warr
(02) 4342 3226 or
0411 128 936 or
Laurieton luncheon Monday 18 February 2019
Commencing at 11.30 am
Laurieton United Services’ Club Ray Buxton
(02) 6559 7001 or rbu87351@bigpond.com
Orange luncheon Wednesday 9 October 2019
11.30 am for 12.30 pm start
TBA Len Banks
(02) 6369 0011 or lmbanks@bigpond.com
Sydney luncheon Tuesday 10 December 2019
11.30 am
City of Sydney RSL Club Col Short
(02) 9876 1018 or
Wagga Wagga luncheon Thursday 9 May 2019 TBA James Hamilton
0447 225 875 or