Bob’s com­mit­ment hon­oured

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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.

Bob Brown

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