A CELEBRATION OF DIVERSITY
Residents gather to recognise Australia Day:
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
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.