Gilly, aged 17: ‘I need to focus on the HSC’
IT WOULD be remiss of us not to peek back on our Australia Day celebrations as part of this Looking Back series.
On January 27, 1989 we had celebrations right around the area including Mullumbimby, Ballina and Lismore.
In Lismore Bunny Hauville received the Citizen of the Year award.
A baby-faced seventeen-year-old Adam Gilchrist received the Citizen of the Year award for sport.
Adam, a Year 12 student at the time, said he would have to focus most of his attention to the Higher School Certificate that year, although he was keen to keep up his sport pursuits.
Meanwhile, in Ballina, there was a standing ovation as the Ballina Pipe Band marched majestically into the Ballina Maritime Musuem at the close of its first public performance.
The band, which had started only 15 months earlier, managed to interrupt the Member for Ballina, Don Page, just before he started to speak.
“Even I wouldn’t try to talk under the Ballina pipe band,” he said at the time.
In Mullumbimby more than 200 Byron Shire residents turned out under the camphor laurel trees at Brunswick Valley Historical Park.
A small troupe of Girl Guides and Brownies raised the Australian flag and made the Scout’s salute as Ocean Shores organist Elizabeth Brennan played the national anthem.
Those honoured at the ceremony included former Mullumbimby High School principal Ed Gaskill, former Mullumbimby High School student and Lions exchange student Kirsty Ashdown, former champion Ocean Shores and Mullumbimby lawn bowler Cameron Curtis.