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Sir Ernest Lee Steere

Sir Ernest Lee Steere patoralist_racehorse ownerSir Ernest Augustus Lee Steere (1866-1957), pastoralist and businessman, was born on 19 March 1866 near Beverley, Western Australia.

He enjoyed watching polo, but the turf was his favourite recreation. His champions, such as Eurythmic (Perth 1919, Caulfield 1920) and Maple (Caulfield 1928), won several Australian cup and classic races. Never a heavy punter, he told his trainers that 'when these colours go on, it is like nailing a flag to a mast'; horses carrying the Lee Steere 'all red' won repute for honest and consistent performance. Under his chairmanship (1919-40), the Western Australian Turf Club was reorganized, its fixtures opened to a wider public and the totalizator invented by his wife's brother-in-law Sir George Julius installed.

Lee Steere died at his home on 22 December 1957. His estate was sworn for probate at £87,574. He had been esteemed for his enterprise and fair dealing and was remembered as tolerant and understanding. Lady Lee Steere was appointed O.B.E. in 1960 for her work with the Western Australian Girl Guide Association and the Young Women's Christian Association.

Their second son Ernest was Lord Mayor of Perth in 1972-78.