Honouring ‘rare’ man

LOVED BY MANY: Terry was a prominent member of the Daylesford community while he called it home during his retirement. Picture: Alissa Oughtred

LOVED BY MANY: Terry was a prominent member of the Daylesford community while he called it home during his retirement. Picture: Alissa Oughtred

Daylesford attracts many fascinating people, one was Terry Oughtred.

Mr Oughtred died in Ballarat on January 29 after a battle with an illness.

“His diagnosis was unexpected but he faced it with stoic bravery,” his daughter Allissa said. 

Mr Oughtred was a retired forensic scientist who worked at a number of organisations as a toxicologist throughout his lifetime.

He worked at the Police Forensic Science Laboratory for many years on a number of high-profile cases, including the Russell Street bombing. 

Mr Oughtred settled in Daylesford a decade ago, where he took up many causes in the community.

His daughter Allissa said he retired in Daylesford to relax, enjoy the arts, the serenity and walks with his dog, Tess. 

He enjoyed theatre and was in many amateur productions.

He also loved attending classical and modern music concerts, visiting art galleries and appreciating fine food and wine.

Mr Oughtred loved a challenge and was constantly drafting and writing scientific papers debunking commonly-held myths about drugs and pharmacology.

He was one of the earliest supporters of the Daylesford cinema both financially, as well as practically. He also volunteered his help in running the cinema.

Mr Oughtred was a beloved presence at the 5000 club, where he presided over the serving bench with authority, ensure all food safety and handling guidelines were being followed and served hot meals to the community.

Loretta Little, a friend of Mr Oughtred’s and founder of the 5000 club, said Mr Oughtred was a “rare and honourable man”.

On one occassion, he and Ms Little butted heads during what came to be known as " the gravy war".

“He kept moving the metal jug of gravy off the hot plate, but I insisted it needed to be kept hot. After five attempts, Terry won the gravy war, and the gravy sat on the table coagulating,” Ms Little said.

A memorial service and wake will be held this Saturday from 3-6pm at Stanbridge Hall, Daylesford.