A tribute to David Hogarth | OBITUARY

David Hogarth was born in Ayton, a small village in the Scottish Borders in the county of Berwickshire in 1931. The years during and after the war were difficult but as many of David's generation would say, "We made the best of it."

David served for 18 months in the British artillery in Hong Kong and then studied agriculture in Edinburgh. Urged by his uncle, David emigrated to Australia to work for the Scottish Australian Pastoral Company.

Fondly nicknamed "Jock", David made enduring friendship in his early years in "the company".

David was a jackaroo and book-keeper on the Murrumbidgee River and West Queensland. He was a keen horseman and enjoyed campdrafting and animal husbandry.

David was known for his integrity, discretion and humour and was highly regarded. His promotion to overseer at Texas Station in Queensland and an introduction to Yvonne Brindley in the church choir started David's greatest partnership - they were married in 1964.

After marrying, David and Yvonne moved to Bordertown to manage Senior Park Station, a 30,000 acre property for cattle and sheep during an exciting time of reclaiming arid land for farming.

David and Yvonne forged many enduring friendships during the Bordertown years. Their three children - Catriona, Alison and Andrew - were born in Bordertown between the years of 1966 and 1970.

David was a charter member and president of the Bordertown Rotary Club. Following a powerful personal renewal in the Christian faith, David and Yvonne's lives found a fresh expression that played out in church lay ministry, community service and many deep and lifelong relationships for which David was forever grateful.

In 1974 the Scottish Australian Pastoral company folded and all the properties, including Senior Park, were sold. It was at this time that Yvonne began teaching again and David joined the newly structured Lands Department (now Agricultural department).

From his base at Naracoorte's iconic Struan House, South East farmers soon warmed to this "government bloke" who they felt was really "one of them" and knew the life of the land.

David was warm but firm and held the line to win a significant "breakthrough" legal case for the department and a new era of modern agricultural management. It is estimated that during David's career some $68 million was added to the South East agricultural sector as a result of the research and management of vertebrate pests and weeds.

The core of David's community life in Naracoorte was the Naracoorte Uniting Church. David served as an elder, worship leader, lay preacher and coordinator of numerous pastoral and community events. David was sacrificial in his support of Christian workers across the world, particularly in areas of practical, educational and spiritual poverty.

With a young family, busy work and community life, there were constant "ins" and "outs" of a wide range of friends or new acquaintances needing a bed, a meal, a listening ear, a prayer or practical support.

In his retirement David increased his wider community involvement in "Bethlehem comes to Naracoorte", Kids Camp Out, Naracoorte council, Tidy Towns, Probus, Red Cross, school chaplaincy and church community life. He was an enthusiastic volunteer at the Sydney Olympics and was made a citizen of the year.

In 1989 David became an Australian citizen and spoke of his love for Australia and the life he was given here.

David has nine grandchildren and he was lovingly known as Pa. The thing he loved most was having all the family around him.

David was diagnosed with pulmonary fibrosis in 2010. In his final year he required professional care.

Yvonne and David are deeply grateful for the Naracoorte medical team and Longridge.

On a brief visit home, David collapsed. With the paramedics watching quietly on, David's granddaughter held one hand, his wife Yvonne held the other and his daughter played Amazing Grace on the piano.

David said "Right-eo" and went to his eternal rest.