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Former Scotch student
Ian MacKinnon, who was
recognised for services to the
agricultural industry in the
Australia Day honours this year,
Mr MacKinnon, 66, died as the result of a
farm accident on March 11.
He was a former chairman of the Grains
Research and Development Corporation,
Southern Regional Panel, chairman of the
Crawford Fund’s Tasmanian Committee and
a member of the board of directors, and
the president of the Australian Corriedale
He was made a Member of the Order of
Australia (AM) in the Australian Day Honours
list in January for significant service to
primary industry, particularly to crop research
and policy development, and to agricultural
Mr MacKinnon was a grain and livestock
producer in the Midlands. He and his wife,
Dianne, owned Glen Esk and Brambletye at
Conara, and Snares Brook at Campbell Town,
totalling about 6,000 hectares where they
raised sheep and cattle, and crops – barley,
wheat, poppies, potatoes, peas and canola.
In his role with the Grains Research and
Development Corporation, from which he
retired in 2006, he worked on developing
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strategies and funding to support research into
new grain-breeding programs.
He remained involved with the Crawford
Fund and the Corriedale Association.
The Crawford Fund supports short-term
agricultural projects in emerging economies to
boost self-sufficiency in food production, and
improve fishing and forestry practices.
Mr MacKinnon saw the Australia Day award
as recognition for the hard work of scientists
he had advocated for over more than 40 years.
Scientists contributed enormously to the
wealth of the country but rarely received the
recognition they deserved.
“We need a successful and well-funded
research community and we need to value
scientists much more than we are,” he said at
“We need to reinforce to young people the
message that there is a career pathway for
them in science. This needs on-going support
and commitment from governments.”
Mr MacKinnon was educated firstly at home
by a governess, then at Scotch College (now
Scotch Oakburn) from 1957 to 1960, and
finally at Geelong Grammar.
He completed Years 1 to 4 at Scotch and
was a weekly boarder.
One of three sons of Arminell (née Taylor)
and Allan MacKinnon, he grew up at Glen
Esk, Conara. His father also attended Scotch
Mr MacKinnon – the fifth generation of
Cyclist Georgia Baker (‘12) was a member
of the gold medal-winning pursuit quartet at
the Track Cycling World Cup in New Zealand
in December 2015. She also competed at
the Track World Championships in London in
March, coming fifth in the team pursuit with
team mates Amy Cure, also of Tasmania, and
Annette Edmondson and Ashlee Ankudinoff.
Elizabeth Skirving (‘88) is currently chief
executive of Rural Business Tasmania.
Gemma Poke (‘13) and Kelsie Rainbow (’14)
were named in the Tasmanian 21-and-under
netball side that competed at the national
titles in March.
his family to farm in Tasmania – is survived
by his wife Dianne, daughters Georgina, an
agricultural scientist living in Conara, Annie,
a Ballina pharmacist, and Geelong-based
occupational therapist Caroline, as well as eight
Cricketer Alex Doolan (‘03) scored 119
for Tasmania in a Sheffield Shield match
against top of the table Victoria at the end of
Cricketer Fletcher Seymour (‘15) has been
named as Captain of a state development
squad to tour England in June. The 16-day
tour will include one Twenty20 match, one
two-day game and five one-day contests.
Fletcher played for Australia at under-19 level
Josh Freestone (‘15) played first-grade for
South Launceston in the Northern Tasmanian
Cricket Association this past summer.
Shona Ollington (‘94) is the chief financial
officer at Bellamy’s Organic, a Tasmanian-
based infant formula and organic food
company and now a major exporter to Asia.
Artist Rosemary Hill (‘62) was in the news
when she opened an exhibition of work of
fellow artists Jack James and Lynne Hutchins
at the Scottsdale Art Gallery Café in March.
News of Collegians will be gratefully
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