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Veteran Bee Man Bruce White OAM named 2018 RAS Show Legend

Posted on : 29 March 2018

Decades of love and dedication to the bee and honey sector have today seen Bruce White OAM honoured as the 2018 Royal Agricultural Society of NSW "Show Legend" at the Sydney Royal Easter Show.

Mr White, from Castle Hill in Sydney spent 41 years providing services to the beekeeping industry as an Apiary Officer with the New South Wales Department of Primary Industries.

He has worked with the Sydney Royal Easter Show (The Show) since 1966.  The annual Show Legend award recognises outstanding service and commitment to The Show.

It allows the Royal Agricultural Society of NSW (RAS) to publicly thank a member of the Show Family who has worked tirelessly towards the betterment of the Show and aims to continue the tradition by helping the Legend pass on their knowledge to the next generation of Show Family members.

RAS President, Robert Ryan OAM, said Mr White's passion and enthusiasm encapsulates the spirit of the Show.

"As a result of Bruce's work with the Apiculture Competition, it has grown into what we now know as the Sydney Royal National Honey Competition", said Mr Ryan.

"He is always happy to speak to exhibitors and showgoers and answer any questions about improving their beekeeping and goes above and beyond to help promote the sector.

"He simply loves his industry and it shows," Mr Ryan said.

Bruce White is a very familiar face, even if it is covered by his white protective uniform and face mesh to anyone who walks past his "Bee Zeebo" activation in the Woolworths Fresh Food Dome at Sydney Showground each and every year.

Since retiring from the NSW Department of Primary Industries, Mr White has continued to pass on his knowledge and passion for honey bees to Showgoers and school students.

His passion has seen him donate countless hours to running other education programs including the Honey Tutorials and an education area during the RAS' annual "Ag Vision".

He also volunteers his time to the rural Country shows as a judge and runs workshops for beekeeping through a variety of different fields Mr White was conducting a television interview when he was surprised by RAS President Robert Ryan OAM and RAS of NSW General Manager Agriculture and Royal Easter Show Murray Wilton today, both presenting him with his much-deserved award.

"It certainly is a great honour and I had no idea it was happening.

"I just do this because I am keen to help agriculture and particularly the RAS and the bee industry," Mr White said.

Mr White says Australia can trace its European Honey Bee origins to a settlers ship called the "Isabella" in 1822 when introduced crops weren't be pollinated as was necessary by the native bees. The introduced species loved the Eucalyptus trees and an industry began to thrive.

Mr White says his love of bees and honey began as a very small child when his parents allowed him to keep his first hive on the sill of his open bedroom window.

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