A lifetime of dedication to the Queensland Merino Stud Breeders' Association (QMSSBA) has been recognised with the Order of Australia in the General Division (OAM) for Darling Downs sheepman, Frank Morris (Bill) Benjamin, Hazelmere, Clifton.
Mr Benjamin's received an OAM medal for service to the Merino sheep industry in Queensland in the 2016 Australia Day Honours.
Mr Benjamin was a council member of the Queensland Merino Stud Sheep Breeders' Association for 40 years, the chairman for one term, and the secretary for 33 years.
He was made an honorary association member in 1986 and a life member in 2014.
Mr Benjamin was also the chief steward of the Royal Agricultural Society of Queensland - Toowoomba Royal Show for many years.
President of the QMSBA, Karen Huskisson, Wattle Downs, The Gums, said Mr Benjamin's OAM was certainly a fitting tribute to a man so dedicated to the Merino sheep industry in Queensland.
"He has been a former jackaroo, stud sheep manager, and wool specialist before taking on his role with QMSSBA," Mrs Huskisson said.
"His committed service to the QMBBA was over and above the call of duty."
"One of his many highlights was the active involvement in the Sheep and Wool Spectators held at the Toowoomba Showgrounds."
Mr Benjamin said that receiving an OAM in the Australia Day honours list was something he did not expect.
"It is a great honour and something I didn't expect, but is lovely to see myself recognised in this way," he said.