Kurrumbene’s principal Helen Murray was the Commercial Manager for 10 years with the Swire Group’s privately owned Clyde Agriculture. In that time the company acquired it’s outstanding portfolio of rural properties in NSW and Qld, which were all operated by company personnel.
It grew to be Australia’s largest wool grower, fifth largest cotton grower and a substantial beef and dryland grain producer. The company’s ethos was very much akin to a family company – with a focus on people, doing things well and being there for the long haul. The people links keeping going on and many former Clyde staff occupy roles in agribusiness. A little detail can be seen at http://www.theland.com.au/story/4053401/clyde-agriculture-to-gather
Some years later the entire portfolio was sold off over a period of years after Swire’s decided to exit primary production.