Benalla resident Bill Gregory received an Order of Australia Medal on Monday for his service to the community.MONIQUE FREER June 11, 2014 3:23am
Benalla resident Bill Gregory has received one of Australia’s highest honours in recognition of his seven decades of service to the community.
Mr Gregory was awarded a Queen’s Birthday Order of Australia Medal on Monday, and said he was surprised to receive the honour.
‘‘At my age I thought there wasn’t much time for anyone to be able to nominate me to give me the surprise I had,’’ he said.
His contribution to the Benalla community spanned many groups and interests. He held offices at Benalla Probus Club and Benalla RSL sub-branch, and is a life member of the Benalla Fire Brigade.
The 92-year-old was born in Murtoa in the Wimmera district and moved to Devenish with his family at the age of 17.
In July 1939 he moved to Benalla to begin an electrical apprenticeship and has lived in the rural city ever since.
‘‘My first involvement with the community was as a committee member and later as president for 13 years for Benalla 31 state school committee,’’ he said.
His five daughters, Marilyn, Pam, Glennis, Rhonda and Roslyn, all went to the Benalla primary school.
‘‘That was the normal thing in those days, for parents to be involved,’’ he said.
‘‘In those days we were endeavouring all the time to get better benefits to the school which were hard to get, like electrical heating or overhead fans.
‘‘The money was just never available.’’
Mr Gregory spent 46 years working as an electrician and was the president of the North East Electrical Contractors Association.
He was also a keen bowler and was involved with the United Friendlies Society hard court tennis and cricket clubs.
‘‘I feel that I’ve satisfied my ambitions,’’ he said.
Although he never served overseas, Mr Gregory also had four-and-a-half years’ service in the army and left in 1946 to marry his wife of 68 years, Betty.
‘‘Without my wife I wouldn’t have been able to achieve any of this,’’ he said.
‘‘I’ve had a lot of tributes over the years for what I’ve done but it’s always been with the help of my wife.’’
Leukaemia diagnosis for Shepparton boy Travis Lamont, 17, hits his family hard.
Yarrawonga Football Netball Club senior footballer Jeremy O’Brien celebrated his 200th senior Ovens and Murray Football Netball League game against the Wodonga Bulldogs on Saturday.
The trip to Deakin Reserve pitted the fourth-placed Bulldogs up against sixth-placed Demons in a vital match to consolidate a finals berth.
Deputy Premier Peter Ryan and Deputy Nationals leader Peter Walsh are expected to make a significant and long-awaited bridge announcement tomorrow.
Sergeant Dale Simm of Rochester police is warning the public to be wary of phone calls offering all sorts of great prizes.
100 days at Tongala Primary.
Mark Grainger cannot believe his luck after suffering a heart attack on the day a new drug was approved to be administered by paramedics.
A man who attempted, but failed miserebly, to rob the Tocumwal Pie Shed is still on the run from police.
District residents judge the top releases from the Heathcote wine region during the second annual Heathcote Wine Show on the weekend.
A sporting precinct has emerged as the main driver behind merger of Cobram and Victory soccer clubs.
A top-three finish is on the cards for the Deni Rovers after they knocked off Jerilderie on Saturday.
Innovative irrigators are being encouraged to apply for a 2014 Rural Water Award and the chance to win a $2000 cash prize.
Three Benalla residents are speaking up to bring the issue of youth homelessness into the spotlight.
Discover unbelievable local deals from local businesses every week in the Goulburn and Murray Valley area with Leapon.com.au!
Search properties for sale or rent across North Central Victoria and Southern NSW. Visit your local website for local homes....
Search for published and unpublished photos from McPherson Media Group newspapers and magazines. All our photos are available to purchase.
Place an advertisement in any one of McPherson Media Group's local newspapers.