IVAN NORRIE LIVERMORE O.A.M
3rd April 1910 – 21st March 2002
One of racing’s greatest pioneers, administrators and racehorse owners, Ivan ‘Ike’ Livermore, passed away aged 92, at his Port Macquarie home in March 2002.
Country racing would not be as it is today without the zeal, foresight, backing & love given by, what Mid North Coast Racing folk describe, “the father of local racing”.
Even on the morning of the night of his passing, Livermore was overseeing his stable run by premier Port Macquarie trainer Neil Godbolt.
His individual winner’s tally of more than 1 550 from more than 10 000 starters is probably a world record, and all were owned solely by him.
Livermore was a gentle giant who knew when to roar when things were going wrong in racing and his compassions, purpose and humility inspired many who knew him. He carved his niche in Australia pioneering folklore before entering racing when he owned many of the biggest cattle stations in the Northern Territory & New South Wales.
In an excerpt from his diary, he wrote: “We had 36 000 head of cattle in our set up… and …one year at Eva Downs we fattened 6 000 bullocks,” such was the vastness of his ownership.
To break the tedium of having to deal with the bank managers, he found happiness in being around racehorses and embroiled himself in all facets of the sport, during and after cattle days.
In 1953, he had a galloper called Red Oro which won 10 races for him. In 1987 he had 71 winners for the season, and each year after the winners flowed, as he accumulated more than 60 major race cups or trophies from Sydney to Coffs Harbour and out west.
Livermore chaired nearly every important administrative post in country racing and fathered the development, with financial backing and machinery, of all the race clubs and tracks on the Mid North Coast.
He paid for the local association’s office building known as the Ivan Livermore Administration Centre near Port Macquarie Racecourse.
In recognition of his services a new $2.5 million stand at Port Macquarie was named the Ivan Livermore Stand.
Racing folk from all walks of life paid tribute to Ivan Livermore at the packed church ceremony in his hometown of Port Macquarie.
Country Racing is much poorer without him.