Rum­bolds recog­nised

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - NEWS -

ERIC and Beryl Rum­bold have do­nated count­less hours and end­less en­thu­si­asm to the City of Bel­mont since they ar­rived at Faulkner Park Re­tire­ment Vil­lage in Septem­ber 1999.

Mr Rum­bold was pres­i­dent of Faulkner Park for over a decade and has been sec­re­tary of the All Saints Anglican Par­ish in Cloverdale.

“Eric’s the pres­i­dent, the busy one; I’m the per­son­al­ity,” Mrs Rum­bold said.

Through their church, the hus­band and wife duo have helped with ac­tiv­i­ties from cre­at­ing mo­saics to as­sist­ing with fundrais­ers for peo­ple with dis­abil­i­ties and sup­port for refugees.

Mr Rum­bold has gone into schools and taught the chil­dren about Bel­mont’s his­tory, as part of the City of Bel­mont’s Tales of Past pro­gram, pass­ing on its legacy and his own ex­pe­ri­ences,

The City of Bel­mont recog­nised their con­tri­bu­tion with a 2016 Com­mu­nity Ser­vice Award pre­sented The Rum­bolds met in the Wheat­belt town of Bruce Rock 50 years ago.

She was a young teacher from Sin­ga­pore, he a South African who worked at the lo­cal bank. In their twen­ties and sin­gle, they moved to WA in search of ad­ven­ture. “My head­mas­ter thought a young girl like me needed some­body so he took me to the bank and told Eric to look out af­ter me,” Mrs Rum­bold said.

The cou­ple raised three daugh­ters in a 1915 wood-and-iron Clare­mont home bought for $6000. on De­cem­ber 3.

“It was an un­real sit­u­a­tion, we cer­tainly never ex­pected any­thing like that,” Mrs Rum­bold said.

Mrs Rum­bold said she had never been as happy in her life as in Bel­mont.

“I be­lieve old peo­ple shouldn’t hi­ber­nate,” she said.

Her only crit­i­cism of the sub­urb was the di­vide she saw ex­ist­ing be­tween Abo­rig­i­nal res­i­dents and other mem­bers of the com­mu­nity.

“I can’t un­der­stand how peo­ple can be racist,” she said.

“How can you not feel what they feel?”

Singing a mod­i­fied ver­sion of Ad­vance Aus­tralia Fair in a clear, sweet voice, she re­moved ref­er­ences to ‘young’ and added in a Dream­time lyric.

“I find it very silly singing ‘young and free’; heaven for­bid, we aren’t any longer,” she said.

“One hun­dred thou­sand years of oc­cu­pa­tion makes us old,” Mr Rum­bold added.

Bel­mont Mayor Phil Marks with Beryl and Eric Rum­bold.

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