Bob Adams was born in Brisbane in 1900. He suffered from chronic chest problems and was advised to move west for his health. He married and moved to Muttaburra and worked as a bridge builder. In the 1930’s he moved his family to Yelarbon near Goondiwindi and built a grocery and universal provider store to service the booming tobacco industry.
The R. Adams store at Yelarbon in the 1930's.
Soon after the start of World War II Italian P.O.W’s were relocated to the area to work the tobacco farms. Bob saw the opportunity and started a syndicate of tobacco farms. The money came from investors in Brisbane, labour from the Italians and management from Bob. He also built a picture theatre and owned a dairy farm along with a large tobacco farm. When the war was over he became a very successful businessman.
Bob's son Graham (senior) served in the Australian Navy during the war and was trained as a Beach Commando. He saw action in Borneo and Bali. On his return to Australia Graham married Jean Brydon and they couldn’t stand the idea of growing tobacco or milking cows for a living. They talked Bob into going half shares in Dangarfield and paid for their half with a repatriation loan offered to return servicemen by the Government.
In their first year Bob made the mistake of trying his hand at cattle dealing, but an entire mob were stolen shortly after they were put on agistment. In the second year redwater killed 60% of the Dangarfield bullocks that were ready for market. By this stage Bob had had enough and wanted out and sold his share to Graham and Jean, putting great strain on them and their young family. Dogged determination to succeed by them paid off and the business is still operating today.
Robert was the original founder of the Dangarfield stud in 1983, as a third generation Adams in the cattle business. Robert has spent most of his life on Dangarfield and took over the management of the operation following the forced retirement of Graham (Senior) in 1977 after a back operation.
He is an active supporter of the local community, with long term involvement in the Taroom and Wandoan Show societies. Dangarfield is heavily involved with a range of local events, including local campdrafts, rodeos, fishing competitions, fireworks during the show and many other charitable events throughout the year. This has all come about from Robert and his efforts to helping strengthen the local community.
In 2000, we had the pleasure of seeing Robert participate in Shave For A Cure following the passing of Graham (Senior) from cancer. We are glad to see his hair has grown back though! :)
Robert currently lives on "Kingswood" and remains a valuable team member. He has taken a step back from the forefront of the management of the business to allow room for the next generation to take up the reins. He is a keen fisherman and indulges in his passion with several fishing trips per year.
Ben AND AMANDA Adams
At 33 years of age, Ben has been involved with the family business since 2004 and his role in management is growing. Ben grew up at Dangarfield, but now lives at Kingswood, with his wife, Amanda.
Prior to returning home to work, Ben spent a period of time working in the Gulf, a valuable experience which gave him insight into other enterprises. While there Ben was the manager of the first feedlot in the Gulf. It is now up to Ben to build on the strong foundations laid down by 3 previous generations of the family.
He is involved with the Taroom Show Society and the local Campdraft events in both Taroom and Wandoan. In his spare time Ben enjoys competing in campdrafts.
Amanda helps out around the business where she is needed.
Terri currently lives near Gatton in south-east Queensland with her husband and 2 children. She returns home prior to the bull sale each year to help out her brother Ben with the stud bookwork and catalogue preparation.
Graham is living just outside Ambrose near Gladstone with his wife and 3 children. He makes several trips home each year to help with major construction and contracting jobs. He also acts as Robert’s personal fishing consultant.