Bob’s commitment honoured
Tocumwal’s Bob Brown is one of 23 recipients of the annual NSW Government Heritage Volunteer Awards.
The prestigious award acknowledges the significant achievements being made by heritage volunteers, both individuals and community groups, across NSW.
Mr Brown was nominated for the award for his extensive work in promoting and preserving the Tocumwal Historic Aerodrome Museum (THAM).
His wife, Gina, said Mr Brown has been president of THAM since 1995 when the committee was formed to research the local history.
Since then Mr Brown has advocated the research, collection, preservation and presentation of the history of the largest aerodrome of its time in the southern hemisphere.
Mr Brown’s contact with many RAAF veterans who served at Tocumwal during and after World War II resulted in the collection of their stories and memorabilia and some 400 photographs of their service.
This enabled the establishment of the Tocumwal Historic Aerodrome Museum to preserve and display this historic material.
Mr Brown has organised countless reunions, ceremonies, aerodrome tours, warbird flying exhibitions and dinner dances featuring army and airforce bands playing WWII music within the historic WWII hangars.
He has designed and placed monuments, plaques, signs and air- craft replicas at significant aerodrome sites for purposes of commemoration and education.
He has recorded the history of the aerodrome in books, DVDS and CDS and a website, and regularly presents the story to school and tourist groups, veterans and their families.
After 16 years as THAM president Mr Brown, has made a major contribution towards saving, preserving, acknowledging and presenting an important element of Tocumwal’s history, to the benefit of the town, to the wartime veterans and succeeding generations.