THE HISTORY OF WANDILLA

Wandilla was settled by Alfred and Fanny Elizabeth Collins in 1915 when they came to Queensland after a period of time in the Hunter Valley NSW. Alfred was born in South Australia and had his roots in the stud merino industry. His father, Henry Collins, was the founder of the Collinsville Merino Stud at Lucernedale in South Australia. The late Jarvis Collins Snr was involved with his uncle in this business and it was the start of his interest in stud breeding.

While his parents operated Wandilla as a cattle and farming business, Jarvis ran his own property north west of Marlborough, Tartarus, later to become Tartrus. Belah Valley was taken up in 1950 and following his father's death Jarvis purchased Wandilla in 1954.


Jarvis and Jean Collins became foundation members when Wandilla stud was formed in 1956 and registered in January 1961. After a long association with Bos Taurus cattle (Herefords) Jarvis realised the cattle industry needed something more adaptable to Northern Australia. The necessity to have cattle suited to the climate in which he found himself formed the catalyst for the Wandilla stud to commence. His initial interest was in hybrid vigour and cross breeding. The cattle industry at that stage was all Bos Taurus and he could see a huge future in Brahman cattle. To him they were revolutionary cattle and so began Wandilla, ABBA Stud 29.

In the 1950’s high grade Brahman females were sourced from the Waverley stud at St Lawrence as well as the entire Kalbar Stud Shorthorn herd at Alpha. This formed the base for what is today the grey and red stud herds at Wandilla.

In the 60’s and 70’s sires for the grey programme were based strongly on JDH Valentine de Manso 606/5, JDH Duncan de Manso 594/5 and JDH Hima Colorado Manso 766/6 bloodlines from the Waverley stud at St Lawrence. The bulls of this breeding to have a lasting impact at Wandilla were Waverley Tarzan, his ¾ brother Waverley Emperor and Avondale Javelin.


The red breeding programme involved a very high concentration of Wairuna Aristocrat bloodlines. Aristocrat was the result of a brother/sister mating, Sir Tim 32 across Miss Tim 80. These bloodlines were heavily line bred and their strength became apparent when they were further line bred as well as outcrossed in the Wandilla herd. The lift they gave and the results achieved were outstanding. Red bulls purchased from Wetherby stud at Mt Molloy were also a very important base of our red herd.

The Brahman industry owes a lot to these studs and the foresight of their owners as they were Stud Nos 1, 2 and 3 of the Brahman breed.

Following Jarvis Collins Snr death in 1970, a bull by the name of Wairuna Odin 602 was purchased and this bull’s progeny set the benchmark for the type of cattle that Wandilla wanted to produce. He was a grandson of Miss Tim 80 (imp) who, along with JDH Lady Manso 597 (the grandmother of Robinson) are the two cows we believe have had the biggest impact on the red Brahman breed to date. The Wandilla red herd has a high concentration of these two bloodlines.

From the mid 70’s through to 2004 the Wandilla herd was managed by Lee Collins in conjunction with Jarvis Collins who was managing a high quality purebred Brahman commercial herd at Roper Downs, Middlemount.

In the 80’s and 90’s the other highly influential bloodlines that have left a lasting impact at Wandilla are HV Jose 134(imp) and Mt Callan Bronco 61/92 as well as Isaac Madras 389. Jose and Madras for frame and weight for age, and Bronco for his strength. In the grey herd, the influential bulls have been Whynot Kakadu, Wilangi Judd and Lancefield Capitol.

Wandilla is now operated by Lee and Gillian Collins and their family.