In 1882 William Webster, a farmer from Derbyshire , England, bought Sarum in the Kumbia district of Kingaroy,Q. soon after it was selected by the Rev. Salisbury who named it after his home town in Wiltshire.
1914. William returned to his farms in England leaving his youngest son Eaton, aged 16, and straight out of school, to run Sarum. William never returned to Australia, and the rest is history!
1916. Eaton registers the “swimming duck” brand for use on his commercial herd.
1922. Three stud Angus bulls were bought from the Clarks at Talgai at the Brisbane Exhibition.
1933. Stud registered with females from Kahlua, Abington, Bald Blair, Edinglassie and Wallah, all by imported sires. Abington Black Validity was purchased as foundation sire. More bulls were later bought from these studs.
1945. Sarum rocketed to world fame with the purchase of imported Scottish bull, Mulben Embassy, already proven
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Greg and Pamela Webster
"We Kindee Pastoral Co of Taroom & Injune, has purchased over the years nine bulls from Sarum Angus.Kindee joins about 350 to 400 heifers per year and has no calving trouble. We are selling 8 to 10 month old weaners at 309 kgs. Just think of the ease of calving & time saving, we have no supervision of heifers."
Ian & Jane Murray
Kindee Pastoral Co.
From the Archives
Queensland Country Life Thursday Oct 2nd
Queensland Country Life Thursday 18th June 1953
Queensland Country Life Thursday 8th Nov 1951
to be N.Z’s most successful sire. His progeny already winning chilled meat competitions in England. How much this bull changed the face of Angus in Australia is evident from Sarum’s unique record at Brisbane Royal, winning the Osmond Trophy for the best two bulls by the same sire on six occasions . What followed was a remarkable succession of show championships. Sarum also confirmed the wisdom of it’s direction in Angus breeding with growing sales at high prices to clients; a trend that was to eventually see Sarum Angus in all Australian states & Papua New Guinea.
Mublen Embassy - imp Scotland
Most older studs in QLD are based on foundation stock from Sarum, most notably the cow families of Doris, Burnette, Quail & Kay.
1946. Saw the importation of Pride & Eulima of Mangatoro ,Mulben Embassy daughters from N.Z
1950. Abington Graphic was purchased at the Abington dispersal sale; a long beefy bull, who put a bit more scale & length into the herd, a very influential bull. ( the highest price ever paid for an Australian bred Aberdeen Angus )
1951. Mulben Embassy died from injuries sustained after a fight with a younger bull.
1952. Jago 4th of Mangatoro imported from N.Z. to replace Embassy.
Eaton Webster’s extraordinary talent and success as a studmaster is well recorded within Angus history. Sarum went on to become one of the most successful Angus studs in Australia.
1976. After the accidental death of his son Barrie, Eaton sold Sarum and dispersed the herd. Some older cows were retained by Greg, Eaton’s youngest son. The stud now operates from Mt Lake in the Ramsay district, near Toowoomba, closely following Eaton Webster’s principles; breeding good doing, easy calving, agile,feed efficient meaty cattle.
A Word of Advice from the Late Eaton Webster – “Don’t buy bulls because they’re cheap. The best way to ‘go broke’ is to use inferior sires….Too many men want to buy bulls for as little as they have to pay. Such bulls are not cheap; in the long run they will prove expensive. The best you can buy is never good enough”
Eaton Webster – Sarum.1961
Foundation President of the Q.L.D. Angus Society and Federal President from 1959 to 1961, Eaton was made a Life Member in 1966. Over the years he gave tirelessly of his time and knowledge, mentoring young breeders, believing the future success of the Angus breed lay in the hands of the young. Eaton Webster died on June the 1st.1978, leaving behind him a lifetime of dedicated contribution to Angus in Australia.
History of the Name Sarum
SARUM (The Roman name for Salisbury) is one of the oldest iron age fortifications in England and for 150 years was the centre of both secular & ecclesiastical government in England, remaining an administrative centre into the 14th Century. The city of Salisbury now sits two miles away from “Old Sarum” on the Salisbury Plain in Wiltshire, England.
The Duck Brand 1916
Eaton & a friend were at a picture theatre; one scene was of ducks swimming…. Eaton remarked to his friend, “that would make a good symbol brand” and that’s why the Sarum duck has no legs !