The ABA Executive 2016 - 2017
Bruce was introduced to beekeeping while still at primary school and the interest developed further by doing a beekeeping project through Albion Park Junior Farmers club.
Bruce was allowed to put a hive in his bedroom with the bees flying out of the window while still a school
A Junior Farmers scholarship allowed Bruce to attend Hawkesbury Agricultural Collage and in the final year was awarded the Commonwealth Parliamentary prize for the best Thesis titled Honey and Pollen Flora.
Bruce joined the Department of Agriculture as an apiary officer in 1964 and retired in 2005 as Technical Specialist (Apiculture).
2009 awarded the Goodacre Memorial Award for Meritorious service to Apiculture
In 2011 in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list was awarded an Order of Australia Medal (OAM) for services to the beekeeping industry.
2011 Australian Honey Bee Industry Council award of Excellence
In 2013 Bruce was made a life member of the ABA for commitment to education and supporting amateur beekeepers.
Bruce is currently a member of the Illawarra ABA and assistant apiary officer.
In 2017 the ABA new award recognising small clubs is named in honour of Bruce White.
Bruce has had a long association with the Royal Agricultural Society as a honey judge being the RAS contributor of the year in 2012.
He was a member of the international panel of judges who judged honey at the World Beekeeping Award at Apimondia in the Ukraine in 2013.
Bruce has always been keen to pass on knowledge to all beekeepers and co wrote the current beekeeping modules being used for Certificate III in Beekeeping and for many years was a beekeeping teacher for TAFE.
He is hoping to get to as many branches as possible in the time left till the next election and has already appointments to attend four branches between now and October.
It’s an exciting time for all members and the council with the Tocal field day and online or phone advisory service available to members and the first State Conference at The Entrance next year.
Wife Lynn has been a strong supporter attending meetings conferences and congresses and our three sons can all handle bees
Bruce is interested in research and has and still is involved in research projects and served on the Honeybee Research and Development committee.