It’s been a busy life
Development Officer’s journey is a varied one
KEVIN Fox’s life began as a reluctant infant who took three days to enter the world at the Braeside Hospital in Sydney in 1954.
The youngest son of a youngest son he bore the same first name as his father.
Young Kevin’s schooling started with kindergarten at the Immaculate Heart of Mary School Sefton, followed by Marist Brothers Lidcombe and Benedict College Auburn, completing school in 1969. “On leaving school my first job was at the Department of Motor Transport in Rosebury, Sydney, as a filing clerk, which lasted about six months,” Mr Fox said. “I was a police cadet for about three years at Redfern, Sydney, and worked in several areas ... I also learnt how to touch type, all fingers”.
Mr Fox rose to Probationary Constable at the age of 19, serving general duties at Newtown Police Station for 12 months before becoming a Full Constable and transferring to Broken Hill.
After 12 months he had a calling to religion, joining the Conventional Franciscans for two years.
His first appointment was at Bidyadanga Community’s La Grange Mission as the general store manager.
He also organised the youth and adults with regular competitions in basketball and Aussie Rules football and later established a youth club. “I was accepted by some of the locals who insisted on giving me a ‘bush name’: Djitamaya means thunder and lightning and they called me that because from a distance I look like I am are walking slow, due to my height (only 5ft 19ins or two metres),” he said. “The name has stuck.” “I consider having a bush name is one of high respect, regardless of the humour intended.
“That was over 30 years ago now and we still communicate via Facebook.”
Mr Fox is now Community Development Officer with the Monto Community Development Council and is a keen bowler.
LIFE OF SERVICE: Kevin Fox has always been community-minded and is a keen bowler in his leisure time.