Aussie Ag Giant Killed In Plane Crash

Published online: Dec 16, 2005
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Peter Menegazzo, Australia's biggest potato grower before he switched and become one of the country's biggest cattle producers, was killed along with his wife when his  plane crashed in severe weather on a flight to his home town of Swan Hill in Victoria.

Menegazzo and wife, Angela, were flying from Brisbane when the eight-seat aircraft crashed in New South Wales and burst into flames. The wreckage was strewn over 495 acres.

Menegazzo owned 240,000 head of cattle, making him the third biggest cattle owner in Australia.

He was a member of a family that farmed the fertile delta of the Werribee River near Melbourne and built the business to become fruit and vegetable merchants across Australia.

In the mid-1980s he moved to Swan Hill, began growing potatoes, and became the country's biggest potato farmer.