Packed room for Ray’s recognition
The room was packed with friends, family, Royal Agriculture Society of WA dignitaries and even WA Governor Kim Beazley when Darkan farmer Ray Harrington was inducted into the Agricultural Hall of Fame on Tuesday.
The pioneering agricultural inventor, whose machines are in day-to-day use across Australia, was awarded one of WA farming’s highest honours for his numerous inventions in the sheep and grain industries.
Mr Harrington, 72, said it was “a bit surreal” to receive the award, at the RASWA’s ceremonial luncheon, and he attributed his success to his supportive family.
Mr Harrington is the 64th leader to be inducted into the Agricultural Hall of Fame by RASWA, which co-ordinates the yearly event from the Claremont Showground.
He will have his portrait painted during the next 12 months, with the piece set to be unveiled at next year’s luncheon.
A highlight of Tuesday’s event was when portraits were unveiled of last year’s Agriculture Hall of Fame recipients, UWA emeritus professor Alan Robson and the late Boyup Brook farmer Eric Farleigh.
Each of portraits hangs on display in the historic Hall of Fame building at the showground.
The display is opened to the public for the IGA Perth Royal Show, and on special occasions.
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