'Passchendaele' was selected by Ken's grandfather, Arthur Mervyn Bassingthwaighte.
After Mervyn returned from World War I he was keen to remember his fallen comrades, so he named his property after the 'Battle of Passchendaele' in Belgium in which he fought in 1917. The property has been owned and operated by the same family since 1921.
(Arthur Mervyn Bassingthwaighte on right)
The property is now run by his grandson Ken along with Ken's wife, Carolyn. Ken has lived all of his life on the property except for brief periods away for schooling. Carolyn is a farmer's daughter from nearby Jandowae and has lived most of her life in the area.
Carolyn is a passionate advocate for the rural and regional industry and is an influential community member and spokesperson within the South Burnett. When they're not working on their property, you can find Ken and Carolyn at a racetrack, having a fun day out socialising with their friends. Carolyn is a keen gardener who enjoys creating visually appealing spaces across the gardens.
Ken says "I like to think people can learn something from us and about our way of life in the country."
So come and find out what he means!