|Born||Robert David Garrick Agnew
21 September 1930
Nedlands, Western Australia
|Died||3 August 1987
Crawley, Western Australia
Cause of death
|Coronary artery disease|
|Education||BSc - Ohio State - 1952
MBA - Harvard - 1954
Board member of
|Agnew Clough Ltd (1970–?)
|Spouse(s)||Fay Ma-belle Ferguson (1959–1981)
Elizabeth Margaret Ahern (1983–1987)
|British Empire Games|
|Gold||1950 Auckland||440 yard freestyle|
|Silver||1950 Auckland||4×220 yard freestyle relay|
Sir Robert David Garrick Agnew CBE, best known as Garrick Agnew, (21 September 1930 – 3 August 1987) was an Australian swimmer and businessman. As a swimmer Agnew represented Australia at the 1948 and 1952 Olympic Games as well as the 1950 British Empire Games. After retiring from swimming he entered business, becoming involved in the resources industry in Western Australia.
Agnew was born in 1930 in the Perth suburb of Nedlands to Robert and Dorothy Agnew. As a boy he attended Perth Modern School where he was a year below then-future Prime Minister Bob Hawke. After graduating he attended the University of Western Australia (UWA) from 1949 studying engineering. In 1950 received an offer to attend Yale University on an athletic scholarship where he would swim alongside his Australian rival John Marshall. He eventually chose to attend Ohio State University. His passage to America involved working in the engine room of a ship between Brisbane and Vancouver. He was a member of the Ohio State branch of Phi Beta Kappa Society. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science in 1952. Two years later he finished a Master of Business Administration degree at Harvard University.
Agnew retired from swimming 1954 citing a desire to enter business.
Agnew spent time in 1954 working in Manila with Gus Trippe, an American he met at Harvard. On returning to Perth in 1955, Agnew was part of a partnership, including Trippe, that purchased a steam boat to ship live cattle from Anna Plains Station in northwest Western Australia to The Philippines. This was the first time cattle had been shipped live out of the state.
He soon extended his business interests to mining salt and iron ore. He formed a partnership with Harold Clough during the 1970s. In 1977 Mount Enid Mining Company, controlled by Agnew, sold its interests in the Robe River mining project for over A$21 million.
Agnew was a keen fisherman. He regularly made a trip of over 4,800 kilometres (3,000 mi) from Perth to Cairns to catch large fish. In 1983 he set a Western Australian record when he caught a 319 kg (703 lb) Pacific blue marlin. He was inducted into the International Game Fish Association Hall of Fame in 2003.
Agnew became a Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire in 1978. In 1982 Agnew was made a Knight Bachelor for "service to industry & commerce". A street, Agnew Way, in Subiaco is named in his honour.
In 2009 Agnew was inducted into the Swimming Western Australia Hall of Fame.
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