Quiet achievers

March 16th, 2017
Quiet achievers
An exhibition at Coventry Library in Stirling will shed light on the achievements of Hills residents from the past two decades.

Showcasing over 150 Australia Day award recipients, the display by the Mylor History Group will provide fascinating insights into community contributions.

One of the very first award recipients contributed significantly to the Stirling and surrounding towns as a general practitioner.

Dr Lloyd Evans, now retired, helped establish the Stirling Community Shop and was involved with aged care services.

In 1992 he was named the first Citizen of the Year and in 1997 was awarded an Order of Australia Medal.

“I saw the exhibition before it was completed at Mylor,” Dr Lloyd said.

“I took my memorabilia – the council gave us a lovely wooden plaque in the form of the map of Australia, they only get a sheet of paper these days.

“It was very nice of the Mylor history Group to create this exhibition so I’m very proud to be a part of the district of Stirling.”

Dr Lloyd first came to the Hills in 1959 when there were no district nurses so GPs had as many visits as consultations each day.

“I was given a list of elderly people I had to visit twice a week,” he said.

“They needed injections for heart failures because oral diuretics were not around.”

The Stirling Community Shop was established in 1960 to help raise money for district nurses and is still going strong today, raising over $100,000 last year.

Dr Lloyd thanks the many volunteers who have helped throughout the years.

“We had a very good person, the late Mary Allen, who was the secretary/treasurer for many years and kept everybody on their toes,” he said.

“Now we’ve got some younger people involved in the office and it’s great to see the shop going forward.”

Even in his retirement, Dr Lloyd is still regularly involved with the Stirling Community Shop.

“My wife and I help at the shop on a Saturday morning, it’s our monthly trip,” he said.

“The shop has been supplied with a lot of menswear that they can’t sell so we take it to a homelessness centre in the city, WestCare, run by the Baptist church.

"I take a few things there every couple of weeks, excess stuff such as mugs, towels and some sleep gear.”

Dr Lloyd said the Hills is still a wonderful place to live and the atmosphere is the same.

“When I moved to Adelaide I lost a bit of local identity and family, because when you’ve been a GP in a town like Aldgate for 40 years you know everyone,” he said. “If I went to the post office, I would speak to everyone there.”

The exhibition was first put together for this year’s Australia Day celebration at the Mylor oval.

The display includes photos and information about award recipients for community event of the year, young citizen of the year and citizen of the year.

“Australia Day is a day when awards are presented and we thought it’s a good idea to show the award recipients from past years,” Mylor History Group chairperson Brian Barker said.

“We did some considerable research into the awards that were presented dating back to 1992. It’s a fascinating read because of the diversity within the community and the amazing things people in the area have done.”

Brian said sometimes the information was difficult to find.

“We got in touch with recipients and they dug out their awards from their back rooms,” he said.

“Certainly with the awards that some years in the past, many people wouldn’t realise what people have achieved and how generous they’re been with their time.

“It’s a good way of acknowledging the many people who give selflessly of their time and effort for the good of the community.

“If it wasn’t for volunteers a lot of things wouldn’t happen.”

The Mylor History group formed in 2006 to gather information about the town’s past by collecting documents, photos and films.

“It’s a way of making Mylor’s history and the surrounding areas accessible to the general community,” he said.

“Rather that just being information tucked away in a room somewhere, it’s important to put it on display for people to enjoy.”

The exhibition will be on display at the Coventry Library in Stirling from March 17 to April 2.

Enquiries can be made to Leonie Barker on 0422 338 199 or email her at leoniebarker@chariot.net.au

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