Legendary studstock and bloodstock auctioneer Garth Hughes has died in Brisbane, aged 81 years.
Mr Hughes' auctioneering prowess spanned over a career of 52 years and he is fondly being remembered by his peers in the industry as one of the best in the agency game.
Throughout his career he worked for Australian Estates, Mactaggarts, Elders, and Challenge Mercantile before joining Dalgety's for the final 24 years. Mr Hughes sold throughout Australia and as an invited auctioneer selling Thoroughbreds in England.
GDL auctioneer Peter Brazier worked alongside Mr Hughes during their Dalgety stint and said he will be remembered as a good captain and the team followed his lead.
"He certainly was a great mentor of mine and good mate, and will be greatly missed by industry," Mr Brazier said.
Also working alongside him during the Australian Estates era was Lex Heinemann, who said Mr Hughes was held in high regard across the industry.
"He was an outstanding, honest auctioneer, and very humble, but he could certainly introduce you to some of the big names in business," Mr Heinemann said.
Mr Hughes is survived by his wife Rae, and their three sons, Cameron, Gavin, and Duncan.