Founder of leading Australian fresh produce company remembered for significant contribution to industry
Montague has announced the passing of its founder, William (Bill) Montague on 6 February 2024, aged 97.
Bill Montague founded the company in 1948, planting its first orchard in Narre Warren North, Victoria in 1950 and supplying fruit to hospitals in and around Melbourne.
As the business became more successful, Montague acquired orchards and built cold storage facilities. He was the driving force behind Montague as it grew into one of the country’s leading fresh produce companies which remained in family hands, passing through three generations. In 2007, Bill Montague was awarded the Order of Australia Medal for his services to the fruit industry.
“Bill had an unwavering passion for quality fruit production,” the company said.
“A keen Collingwood supporter and self-proclaimed best fisherman in the Bay, Bill remained working with continued enthusiasm for the fresh produce industry [before passing] the business down to Ray, Tim, Hamish and Scott Montague who hold the same passion for fresh, quality produce. He will be dearly missed.”