DEATH NOTICE- Searson, Terence (Terry) James    

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  • Added: February 5, 2018

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18.04.1937 – 21.12.2017

Terence began life on Bath farm in Hwedza before the family moved to ‘Garway’ in Borrowdale to join his grandparents. Terry attended Highlands Junior School and was a foundation pupil at Churchill High School.  He attended Gwebi Agricultural College from 1955 to 1957 followed immediately by his National Service out of Llewellyn Barracks, Bulawayo.

Terry met Fortune whilst at Gwebi and they were married in 1959. Terry and Fortune had four children: Tim, Robin, Simon and Juliet with Tim and Simon joining their father on the land later in their lives.

Terry began his farming career on a dairy farm called Glen Nora (now the Township on the outskirts of Harare) before moving to Karoi to work for Lionel Jacobson growing tobacco. The move to the Beatrice / Harare South area in 1962, firstly to work for Count Lazanski on Canterbury farm, followed by a managerial position on New Retreat farm (Shore Hall Pvt Ltd), and then to Whitham working for Mark Chester, proved successful as Terry went on to buy Beatrice Central farm in the early 1970’s.

Terry was a varied and successful farmer, trying his hand at many ventures before settling for winter wheat, soya beans and maize which led to being able to purchase New Retreat farm in 1982, thereby gaining the water rights on both sides of a stretch on the Mupfure River.  The extensive irrigation systems implemented by Terry on both farms, including a large off river water-storage dam, lead to highly successful cropping yields and national recognition for winter wheat production.

Terry contributed extensively to the community during the civil war, as well as during the land invasion debacle, establishing himself as a natural and respected leader.  He could be relied upon to keep a level head in moments of extreme stress and was a man of great integrity.

Terry and Fortune lost the farms during the land acquisition programme and moved to Harare in 2002, settling in Highlands.  Terry secured work at the Celebration Centre on the Borrowdale road as the Maintenance Manager, which kept the wolf from the door.

Terry and Fortune immigrated to Australia in February 2015 to be closer to their children, despite their sadness at leaving Zimbabwe. They successfully settled in Werribee, Victoria.






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