HUNDREDS gathered at the Cloncurry Shire Hall this afternoon for Zanda McDonald's funeral service which commenced at 3.30pm.
Mr McDonald died in Townsville Hospital last Wednesday night, after he had suffered major injuries during a fall from a windmill on a property at Cloncurry.
Mr McDonald is survived by his wife Julie and their four daughters as well as the extended McDonald family.
The family has requested in lieu of flowers that donations be made to the St Joseph's School Cloncurry Building Fund.
The McDonald family is Australia's largest private landholders running 175,000 head of cattle across 11 cattle stations covering an area of 3.36 million hectares in Queensland.
Cattle are bred in the Cape York Peninsula area, backgrounded in the Cloncurry/Winton/Central Highlands districts and then finished on grain at the family's feedlot on the Darling Downs.
MDH is one of Australia's largest beef cattle operations, unique in the fact that the company is both family owned and operated.
With a wide geographical spread of country in Australia's vast Queensland outback, MDH Pty Ltd finishes many animals at the company owned Wallumba feedlot at Condamine.
MDH is also a major shareholder in the Super Butcher retail outlets in South East Queensland.