A CEL­E­BRA­TION OF DI­VER­SITY

Res­i­dents gather to recog­nise Aus­tralia Day:

Central and North Burnett Times - - FRONT PAGE - Alex Treacy alex.treacy@cnbtimes.com.au

THE walls of Cedric John Mel­lor’s home in Gayn­dah are adorned with mem­o­ra­bilia from 46 years of ser­vice to his lo­cal fire bri­gade. On the book­shelf, a col­lec­tion of dented brass noz­zles which were once at­tached to fire hoses.

Above them, a grand peaked hel­met which looks as though it be­longed to a Ro­man char­i­o­teer, em­bla­zoned with the let­ters G.F.B on the front (Gayn­dah Fire Bri­gade).

In the cor­ner, two spent Sim­plex fire ex­tin­guish­ers, made of cop­per and brass, valu­able an­tiques now and al­most un­recog­nis­able from the vivid red ex­tin­guish­ers we know to­day.

At his din­ing ta­ble, sat amongst all the keep­sakes from his ser­vice, the man known to all as ‘John’ Mel­lor re­calls his ser­vice with sat­is­fac­tion.

“It was a big part of my life, the fire bri­gade.”

Dur­ing his 46 years of ser­vice, Mr Mel­lor at­tended 595 fire calls, 92 ve­hi­cle ac­ci­dents, 1440 fire drills and 163 vol­un­tary burn-offs at res­i­dents’ prop­er­ties.

This year, Mr Mel­lor was awarded the Medal of the Or­der of Aus­tralia (OAM) this year, for “ser­vice to the peo­ple of Gayn­dah”.

His ser­vice goes far be­yond just the fireys, though. He was a coun­cil­lor in Gayn­dah Shire Coun­cil pre-amal­ga­ma­tion (from 1999-2008), a cap­tain and pres­i­dent of Gayn­dah Golf Club, com­mit­tee mem­ber of the Gayn­dah Or­ange Fes­ti­val, sec­re­tary of Gayn­dah Jockey Club, sec­re­tary of Gayn­dah Cricket Club, vol­un­teers at the Gayn­dah His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety mu­seum and has raised more than $40,000 for chil­dren’s can­cer and burns re­cov­ery by par­tic­i­pat­ing in QFRS bike rides.

WAR DANCE: Mun­dub­bera's Ton­gan com­mu­nity put on a show for Aus­tralia Day. LEFT TOP: Val Man­son gets into the spirit at Biggen­den. LEFT BE­LOW: Mun­dub­bera’s new us­able ping pong ta­ble was un­veiled on Aus­tralia Day. PHO­TOS: FELICITY RIPPER AND ERICA MURREE

PHOTO: ALEX TREACY

Thurs­day, Jan­uary 31, 2019 cen­tral­north­bur­nett­times.com.au LONG SER­VICE: CJ ‘John’ Mel­lor, aside from the fire aux­il­iary, served as a coun­cil­lor for nine years among many other vol­un­tary po­si­tions.

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