The Whitsunday Family History Group are proud to announce that they are the recipients of the Whitsunday Regional Council Australia Day 2018 Senior Cultural Award
The RSL Club in Proserpine was packed to overflowing. The Lions club of Proserpine provided a delicious afternoon tea.
The stage was decorated with Australia Day bunting, the Australian Flag and also featured was a life size poster of Queen Elizabeth 11.
The Proserpine citizens Band commenced the proceedings by playing well-loved Australian songs such as “The Dog sat on the Tuckerbox” and “Botany Bay”
The official Welcome was given by MC Lee-Anne Dougherty who also compered the event.
The Australian Anthem was sung with gusto and the the Mayor acknowledged the traditional owners of the land on which this ceremony was being held.
Mayor Andrew Willcox introduced the event with his reflections on Australia Day followed by the Australia day awards.
Lloyd, Lyn, Mayor Andrew Wilcox and Jennifer
Jennifer Wood, Vice President of WFHG accepted the “Senior Cultural Award” from Mayor Andrew Willcox on behalf of the Whitsunday family history group. In her acceptance speech Jennifer acknowledged the hours of work the WFH Group members contributed to the compiling of the book written by Lloyd Fox and Lyn Bourke Authors of the book “Proserpine News 1939-1945 WWII”. This book is self-published with the assistance of a Regional Arts Development Fund(RADF) Grant and a Australian Cultural Diplomacy Grants Programme grant.
Pat and Linda
Lyn, Lloyd and Jennifer
Member for Dawson George Christiansen congratulatiing Lyn, Lloyd and Jennifer
The day ended with a celebration cake being cut, the tune “congratulations” being played by the Proserpine Citizens Band and a party following the citizen Ceremony where three new Australians were welcomed and Mayor Andrew Willcox exclaimed “You are in !”
This book is available from the Whitsunday Family History Group.
The Proserpine News World War II 1939-1945 : a record of military personnel from Proserpine & districts / compiled by Lyn Burke and Lloyd Fox assisted by Lydia Wilson and the Whitsunday Family History Group ; foreword by Annastacia Palaszczuk MP, Premier of Queensland.
Burke, Lynn, (compiler.)
Fox, Lloyd, (compiler.)
Wilson, Lydia, (compiler.)
Palaszczuk, Annastacia, 1969-, (writer of foreword.)
Whitsunday Family History Group (Qld.) (issuing body.)
[Proserpine, Queensland] Whitsunday Family History Group, 
282 pages : illustrations, maps, portraits ; 30 cm.