FAMED television executive and Jugiong property owner Sam Chisholm passed away on Monday, aged 78.
Mr Chisholm was considered a heavy hitter in the world of commercial media and was described as someone who could get the job done.
It was this success that allowed him to pursue a successful business in agriculture, too.
At Jugiong in southern NSW he ran a successful Angus herd. The historic property drew on some of the best genetics in the industry.
Bundarbo Station was also a property to be proud of and it attracted keen visitors on open days.
People were always keen to view the attractive homestead and carefully tended garden.
Those in the region accepted the colourful media personality and he regularly did business with stud breeders to secure genetics for his successful cattle herd.
He was known to attend the Gundagai Cattle sale with his wife Sue and the success of Bundarbo and its cattle was often celebrated in southern NSW.
Mr Chisholm died on Monday, aged 78, and a private ceremony was held on Tuesday.
He was well-known as the chief executive officer of Kerry Packer’s Nine Network in Australia and Rupert Murdoch’s Sky Television in the UK.
Sue Chisholm described her husband as “larger than life, an extraordinary man."
“He was as much at home in the world of media as he was at his beloved farm,” she told Fairfax Media.
“He was the love of my life.”
In a preview story to an open day at Bundarbo Station in the The Daily Advertiser in 2015, the history of the property was outlined.
Bundarbo was established in 1847 by Henry Osborne, and dates back to the earliest years of settlement on the Murrumbidgee River.
Bundarbo was virtually a small kingdom.
The school house, stables, gardener’s hut and a number of outbuildings show testimony to a time when dozens of families called the property home, depending on Bundarbo for their livelihood.
The homestead is situated on a gentle rise above the river and in the 1950s Australian gardening legend Edna Walling developed a special friendship with the Osbornes.