JULATTEN’S KEITH HITS 100
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”.
Wally Gray (Julatten Rural Fire Service), Neil Parker (Acting Far Northern Regional Manager, Rural Fire Service) and Keith Brown