The Liebe Legend
Before becoming a legendary farmer, Gus Liebe made his name as a great builder and architect, with achievements before he was 23 years of age being the Budapest Opera House in Hungary and the new Houses of Parliament in Bulgaria.
Gus Liebe moved to Australia in 1885 and within a few years moved west, where he pursued his successful building career and has left many building legacies, including His Majesty’s Theatre in Perth, the WA Art Gallery, the Peninsula Hotel in Maylands, the Horse Shoe Bridge in Perth and many more significant stately buildings.
In 1907 Gus Liebe became interested in farming and by late 1920s was farming more than 20,000 acres. In agriculture he was innovative and highly successful. He was the first person in the world to produce 106,000 bags of wheat in one season (approximately 9,500 tonnes). This record was set in 1929 and is still a great feat in today’s measures.
Gus Liebe was renowned for his prodigious energy and he moved with the times.He learned from the past but was open to the changes which confronted him in the present and had a great capacity to embrace new techniques to enable him to develop a progressive future for his business and agriculture.
While he died in 1950, Liebe’s achievements are well remembered in the area and his impressive homesteads and sheds still stand on local properties. As a result of this pioneer’s aspirations and achievements it seemed a worthy name to give to a group of farmers who aspire to an exciting, profitable and sustainable future to the agricultural industry. The group aspires to Liebe’s level of innovation and degree of success, making the Liebe Group an apt description of the group’s purpose.