Beryl Neilsen Obituary, Death – The directors of Macrossan & Amiet are deeply saddened to announce Mrs. Beryl Neilsen OAM’s demise on Monday, July 3, 2023. Mrs. Neilsen was not only a loyal customer, but also a founding member of The John and Beryl Neilsen Winchester Foundation, which, along with our former partner, Mr. John Formosa, and Mr. Cliff Flor of Flor-Hanly Commercial & Agribusiness Accountants, has awarded more than 1,400 scholarships to 460 students at all levels of education since its inception in 2011. Mrs Neilsen was granted an Order of Australia Medal in 2021 for her commitment to the community through her philanthropic enterprise, which is a monument to her unequaled humility and compassion.
The Winchester Foundation does more than just award scholarships, though; it also supports other initiatives, such as the annual Queensland Isolated Children’s Parents’ Association Conference and the Whitsunday Voices Youth Literature Festival, which will soon be celebrating a decade of bringing primary school students from rural schools across central Queensland to the event. Beryl was born on 30 November 1941 in Mackay, Queensland, to James Wilfred (“Jim”) Smith and Mary Cecilia (née Ryalls) Smith. John Oliver Neilsen, her late spouse, was married to her on May 5, 1962, and the couple had two children. They first called Olive Downs Station home in 1962, then Winchester Downs in 1980, and finally Mackay in 2020, when Beryl finally made the move away from John. Beryl maintained regular trips to Winchester Downs with the help of her loved ones even after moving to Mackay.
Mrs. Neilsen is one of the rare people you will ever meet who has such an optimistic attitude and profound effect on everyone around them. She always had a bright outlook on life. She found extraordinary fulfillment in her philanthropic work on behalf of rural students. Mrs. Neilsen enjoyed holding the annual Winchester Day Luncheon at Winchester Downs to honor the recipients of her tertiary scholarships, despite the fact that she did not have any children of her own. Beryl’s siblings, nieces, nephews, and the rest of the Winchester Foundation family will miss her greatly. We grievously mourn her passing.