Vale Bill Chambers OAM

Melbourne Royal was saddened to hear of the passing of Bill Chambers OAM.

In the world of Australian winemaking, Bill Chambers OAM stood as a stalwart, a fifth-generation winemaker born in Rutherglen in 1933. His journey in the realm of wine began with his studies at Roseworthy Agricultural College, specialising in winemaking. Bill's legacy became intertwined with the Melbourne Royal Wine Awards, where his presence spanned decades.

Becoming a judge in 1962, Bill's commitment and expertise earned him the esteemed position of Chairman of the Royal Melbourne Wine Show judging panel for an impressive 21 years. His dedication to the craft and the community were recognised in 1994 when he received the President's Medal and became a life member of the Royal Agricultural Society of Victoria. Bill's humility shone through as he reflected on his role: "I was doing the best I could… trying to be the servant of the committee, not push myself."

In acknowledgment of his outstanding service, Bill received a Distinguished Service Award from the Victorian Wine Industry Association and, in 2004, the Medal of the Order of Australia for his exceptional contributions as a winemaker and judge. Bill Chambers OAM's legacy is etched in the fabric of Australian winemaking as an indomitable force in shaping the industry's excellence.

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