JULATTEN’S KEITH HITS 100

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - Moya Stevens

THE Julatten com­mu­nity has cel­e­brated the 100th birth­day of Keith Brown, who, among other claims to fame, is the Julatten Ru­ral Fire Ser­vice’s old­est liv­ing mem­ber.

His youngest son, War­ren, said “he’s not one for much fuss” but Keith’s in­volve­ment with the com­mu­nity has had an im­pact.

Coming to the far north in his child­hood, he even­tu­ally bought some land in 1944 in Julatten and, with his wife Mary (nee Moule), built up a dairy farm.

“There wasn’t too much money in dairy farm­ing so he hand cut cane around Cairns and Moss­man for 33 sea­sons and fin­ished dairy­ing in 1967,” War­ren Brown said.

Keith Brown was in­stru­men­tal in es­tab­lish­ing the Julatten com­mu­nity hall and was in­volved in var­i­ous lo­cal ac­tiv­i­ties in­clud­ing the lo­cal school P&C.

The Julatten Ru­ral Fire Ser­vice cel­e­brated Keith’s birth­day in the lo­cal fire fa­cil­ity and another fam­ily cel­e­bra­tion on the farm last Satur­day.

“He is a true gen­tle­man, a won­der­ful fa­ther and a great mate,” War­ren said.

Keith has tal­lied eight chil­dren, 17 grand­chil­dren (although sadly four have passed away), 26 great-grand­chil­dren and in Jan­uary this year, one great-great-grand­child. Ac­cord­ing to his son, Keith puts his longevity down to “hard work and hard tucker”.

Pic­ture: MOYA STEVENS

Wally Gray (Julatten Ru­ral Fire Ser­vice), Neil Parker (Act­ing Far North­ern Re­gional Man­ager, Ru­ral Fire Ser­vice) and Keith Brown

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