History of the Liebe Group
The Liebe Group was established by a small group of progressive farmers in 1997 in order to address the concern of the local area being isolated from existing agricultural research and development.
One of the Liebe Group’s main achievements has been the quality and amount of information it has been able to present through field days, workshops, annual R&D results publication and results from project work conducted since its inception.
The Liebe Group is named after Mr Wilhelm Friedrich Gustave Liebe. Gus, which he was more familiarly known as, was a pioneer farmer of the Wubin and Waddi Forrest district.
He was born in Germany in 1861. Before becoming a legendary farmer, Mr Liebe made his name as a great builder and architect, with achievements before he was 23 years of age being the Budapest Opera House in Hungary and the new Houses of Parliament in Bulgaria. Gus moved to Australia in 1885 and within a few years moved to the West where he pursued his successful building career and has left many lovely, local building legacies, some being His Majesty’s Theatre in Perth, the WA Art Gallery, the Peninsula Hotel in Maylands, the Horse shoe Bridge in Perth and many more significant stately buildings.
In 1907 Gus Liebe became interested in farming and by late 1920s was farming more than 20,000 acres.
In agriculture he was very innovative and highly successful. Gus Liebe was renowned for his prodigious energy, he moved with the times. He learned from the past but was open to the changes which confronted him in the present and had a great capacity to embrace new techniques to enable him to develop a progressive future for his business and agriculture. Mr Liebe was the first person in the world to produce 106,000 bags of wheat in one season (approximately 9,500 tonnes). This record was set in 1929 and is still a great feat in today’s measures. While he died in 1950, Liebe’s achievements are well remembered in the area and his impressive homesteads and sheds still stand on local properties.
As a result of this pioneer’s aspirations and achievements it seemed a worthy name to give to a group of farmers who aspire to an exciting, profitable and sustainable future to the agricultural industry. The group aspires to Liebe’s level of innovation and degree of success, making the LIEBE GROUP an apt description of the group’s purpose.
More information can be obtained by a great book, titled ‘Five Graves in Dawallinu’ by Stan Gervas.