From the Daylesford Rotary Club

Ian Esmore, a long-term local, passed away suddenly recently while travelling in Queensland with his wife, Isobel. Ian was involved in many local community and environmental roles over more than twenty-five years.

After moving to Daylesford, Ian established Daylesford Design Studio in 1992 running a successful business designing a wide range of buildings and also organising building and town planning permits.

He joined Daylesford Rotary Club in 1992 and was involved in numerous projects and roles for more than 25 years. Ian was President of Daylesford Rotary for the 1998/99 year.

Ian initiated the Rotary Schools’ Music Night which Rotary coordinated with the local primary schools and Daylesford Secondary. This important event ran continuously until being interrupted by COVID and is expected to recommence this November. Funds raised during the night were distributed to the schools together with regular top-up funds by Daylesford Rotary.

The interpretive signs at the Lost Childrens’ Reserve (the three Lost Children’s story), Daylesford Railway Station (commemorating Daylesford’s WW1 history) and Lake Daylesford (Chinese Heritage) were organised by Ian with funding from Council and Daylesford Rotary.

Ian was also actively involved in Landcare, mineral water issues, environmental issues, the volcanic plains of Western Victoria and a range of other projects.

Ian and Isobel moved to Casterton some five years ago where Ian took on roles in Casterton Rotary and the local community. They regularly came back to Daylesford and maintained contact with many friends. Ian was 75 years of age.

A packed house at a Daylesford Rotary Schools’ Music Night at the Town Hall.