Hall of Fame Inductees 2015
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Kaye Hornery

Kaye worked for more than 25 years in the disability industry and retired from work after 13 years with Witmore Enterprises in 2014. During her tenure working with the disabled Kaye was held in the highest of esteem not only by her clients and their families, but by her colleagues as well.

Kaye was recognised by many disability organisations and government departments as an innovator who had a passion for the rights of people with disabilities. At a time where state government bodies like the Department of Ageing, Disability and Home Care (DADHC) were just starting out and did not have a clear formula on disabilities programs, Kaye dedicated herself to research, design and implementation of innovative programs for improved disability care. Many of Kaye’s practices were adopted by DADHC, who recommended them across the disability network as a service template for best practice.

Kaye started the ATLAS (Adult Training, Learning and Support) Program  for Witmore in 2001, this program was rolled out by DADHC and set the benchmark for disability services  providers throughout NSW. Kaye also introduced new service roles such as client services manager,  in which Kaye designed systems that delivered higher outcomes and integrated the kind of reporting and self-auditing that we see today throughout Australian disability enterprises. Kaye spent her final working years as a compliance and training manager, developing and implementing innovative programs for clients including: drivers licence training and an employee assistance program, to better facilitate referrals of clients to external supports such as drug and alcohol counselling, occupational therapists and mental health professionals.

Kaye’s legacy continues to provide a clear structure for improved care for people with a disability throughout Australia. 

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Arthur Francis CSC OAM

In 1964, Arthur joined the Army, serving with distinction until his retirement in 1997.  During his time with the Army, Arthur saw active service in Malaysia, Borneo and Vietnam, and also travelled extensively to other parts of the world. From his early rank of Private, he rose to become one of Australia’s most senior soldiers as Regimental Sergeant Major of the Army (RSM-A).  In 1987 he was awarded the Order of Australia Medal and in 1997, the Conspicuous Service Cross. In 2011 the then Prime Minister Julia Gillard and Minister for Veterans' Affairs, Warren Snowdon launched the Australian Government's commitment of $3.3 million towards a world-first education centre in Washington DC honouring Vietnam veterans. Arthur was appointed by Ms Gillard and Mr Snowden as one of Australia's delegates to Washington.

On retirement from the service he spent 10 years working at the Infantry Centre Singleton under contract for the Department of Defence. He is on the board of the Royal Australian Infantry Corps Museum, he is the Secretary of the Singleton Legacy Group and has aided in the support of more than 68 widows in the Singleton area. He offers weekly visits to those living independently, on top of his regular volunteer work for Meals on Wheels. 

While serving and now as a retired military member Arthur chose Singleton as his home and has been an active member of the Singleton branch and the Newcastle branch of legacy, he has been foremost in assisting to grow the numbers of the Legatees in the area and promotes and represents Legacy on Anzac Days, Remembrance Day, Long Tan Day (Vietnam Veterans Day) and visiting local schools.

Arthur is honoured in the Singleton Hall of Fame for his unyielding dedication to the Legacy foundation and his sincere  kindness towards others.

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Singleton Legacy Group

Singleton Legacy was formed in 1948 after the Second World War in order to care for widows left behind after the war. Legacy is dedicated to caring for the families of veterans who have died or become incapacitated either on service or subsequently.

Through programs in support of the ageing, Legacy aims to provide comfort and security to those who find themselves alone and vulnerable. Singleton Legacy currently provides care and support to more than 68 widows and four wards. Care is provided on the basis of need; while some widows require little more than advice, others require more extensive assistance e.g. pension advocacy, providing safety and security, relieving financial hardship, combating social isolation and providing medical care. Regardless of the level of care required, Legacy is committed to ensuring no widow of a deceased veteran will ever face life's challenges alone.

Singleton Legacy is a voluntary organisation that raises funds through donations, campaigns, merchandise and through the march outs at the Singleton Infantry School, golf days and Legacy balls. All funds raised are expended on local widows and wards.

Legacy is supported by the work of dedicated Legatees, volunteers, staff members and widows. These individuals make up a dynamic community of people, ranging from school children to senior citizens. It is with their assistance that Legacy is able to continue working to support the dependants of incapacitated and deceased veterans. 

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Flynn Lefmann

Flynn is a remarkable young man. At just 15 years old Flynn represented Australia in the 2014 International Children’s Games hosted by Lake Macquarie, where he achieved a bronze medal for long jump. The International Children's Games is the largest multi sport youth games in the world. Flynn competed against 40 of the top athletes from around the world in long jump and leaped an impressive 6.43 metres.

Flynn has represented Singleton and Australia in a number of other sporting events including: NSW Country Champion - 1st place in Long Jump for 2013, 2014 and 2015; Combined Independent Schools state championship; NSW All Schools State Championship; NSW State Multi Event, in which Flynn was competing in eight track and field events over two days and Little Athletics State Championships. He has been involved locally with the Singleton Junior Soccer Club for more than 11 years, including the 2014 Lake Macquarie Under 15 National Premier League and the 2015 Maitland City Football Club Under 17 National Premier League. Even after sustaining significant injuries to both his back and hamstring Flynn continuously strives to exceed his personal best and is a positive ambassador for this community.             

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Singleton Cancer Appeal Committee

"Raise Local - Stay Local", is the motto for the Singleton Cancer Appeal. The Singleton Cancer Appeal was founded in April 1984 to benefit cancer sufferers and their families in the Singleton Local Government Area. It strives to address the needs of the Singleton and District Hospital palliative care sector.

The original reason behind the group's formation was to establish a place of privacy and dignity at the Singleton Hospital for patients suffering from terminal cancer. The pink and green rooms were established to give families this privacy in a place that is so very public. From here bit by bit the Singleton Cancer Appeal has provided the Singleton Hospital with various pieces of equipment to enable more diagnostic and surgical procedures to be carried out.

Singleton Cancer Appeal has raised more than $1 million to fund the local hospital and various other cancer related projects. The accomplishments of the Singleton Cancer Appeal include the creation and refurbishment of four special care rooms at the Singleton and District Hospital and assistance with the expenses of cancer treatment for families whose children have been affected by cancer, in particular accommodation costs for families to stay with their child at Ronald McDonald House at John Hunter Hospital. In addition the committee has purchased much needed equipment for the hospital and palliative care district nurses and patients so that they can be as comfortable as possible throughout the various stages of this terminal illness.

The Singleton Cancer Appeal Committee is honoured in the Singleton Hall of Fame for its continued commitment to providing patients and their families with comfort and support while enduring a hardship such as cancer. 

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Frederick Ernest Willcox

Fred arrived in Australia from England in 1905 and lived in Singleton for 60 years. Beginning work as a film projectionist in a town hall and later at the Strand Theatre. Fred also worked at the railway refreshment rooms selling butter and ice.

Fred was elected to council in 1925 and for 15 years fought for a sewerage scheme for the  town, being successful in getting the
council to accept a government grant in 1937 in his first term as Mayor.

A mark of Fred's progressive thinking and dedication to his community was evident in his establishment of the 'Werona' Bowling Club in Andrew Street. 'Werona' was originally a bowling club for women who, at the time, were not permitted to play at the Singleton Bowling Club. It later became a club for both men and women. Frederick and his wife were also members of the town’s original  Ambulance committee. Fred  worked to establish Singleton baths,  was president of the swimming club,  president of the Boy Scouts, a member of the hospital board, Masonic Lodge and life member of the Northern Agricultural Association and treasurer of the operatic society.

Fred was infamous as a very strict master of ceremonies at balls and dances throughout the Singleton district. He taught dancing at the Showground Pavilion each week and prepared the debutantes each year. Fred is remembered by family as a dedicated family man, incredibly community minded and extremely humble. He died at Singleton in 1965. 

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Geoffrey Williams

Geoff was born and bred in Singleton and has been a member of the Rotary Club of Singleton for over 30 years. In that time Geoff has constructed 30 cubby houses  that have been raffled to raise funds by Singleton Rotary Club. The construction of these cubbyhouses has raised more than $100,000 for the local community. Even after losing his beloved last year he still made the cubby house in time for it to be raffled off and displayed in Singleton Square.

Geoff has also been involved in many other community projects with the Rotary Club of Singleton, most notably the planning and construction of the block of toilets at the rear of Bourke Arcade, during his term as president.

Geoff is truly a remarkable Rotarian and has demonstrated outstanding commitment to the Singleton community. Geoff is a lifetime member of Singleton Rugby and assisted in the restoration of the Munro Fountain. Geoff received the Paul Harris Award for his commitment to community service with the Rotary Club. In 1965 he was a contributing founder of the Singleton Junior League, Geoff was also heavily involved in the Police Boys Club and would take groups of boys from the PCYC to march in Sydney.

Geoff is recognised in the Singleton Hall of Fame for his compassion and commitment to the Singleton community throughout the years. 

Meritorious Family
Aubrey Bourke

Aubrey was born in Singleton on 24 October 1919. After leaving school, Aubrey joined his father and brother in the family men's clothing business which was then known as Harry Bourke and Sons. He worked in this business for 45 years and during these years if any young Singleton boy lost his father and the widow was suspected of not being well off, the family would offer to donate clothing from the store if ever they should need them.

In 1939 Aubrey joined the Army and on completion of training attained the rank of Lieutenant. He was dispatched overseas where he saw active service in Borneo and was discharged in January 1946 after the war ended. He then returned to the family business.

Aubrey married Mollie Fraser on 5 May 1943 and they settled into domestic bliss at 12A Gas Street Singleton, raising two children. Aubrey was a member of the Singleton Town Band from 1931 - 1940 he played the cornet and the kettle drums and was made treasurer in 1935. He was also trustee of the band from 1957 to 1968 and was made a life time member in 1939 along with his father, brother and step-mother.

Aubrey had many roles throughout his life in Singleton. He was a member of the Singleton Methodist Church and then Uniting Church, president of the Parents and Citizens Association at South Singleton Infants School, volunteered for the Tourist information centre, while it was still in a caravan during 1980s, treasurer of South Singleton Cricket and a founding member of the Singleton Horticultural Society and president for a time. Aubrey and Mollie also won second prize in the Sydney Morning Herald Garden Competition during the 1960s.

Along with all his achievements and roles in Singleton, Aubrey was an avid and generous blood donor. He would regularly receive telephone calls from Singleton Hospital, usually between 11pm and 3am to donate blood.

During 1990s Aubrey was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease, but he and his wife Mollie continued to be a part of Tidy Towns Committee during this difficult time

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Mollie Margaret Bourke

Mollie was born in Singleton on 11 September 1921. Mollie was educated at Whittingham Public School and Singleton High School.

When it came to fundraising Mollie was queen of the kitchen and there would not have been many people in the Singleton district who had not sampled her cooking.

Mollie also contributed to the opening of the Elizabeth Gates Aged People's Home. In 1960 Mollie along with other volunteers began to clean up Mr Gate's home in preparation for it to become the Aged People's Home. The home was officially opened by the then Governor General, Sir John Northcott on 23 May, 1964 with about 12 beds. The home has since grown over the years and now accommodates 35 aged care beds and 50 beds in the hostel section.

When Mollie’s husband became sick with Alzheimer 's disease Mollie became his full time carer and while all other types of charity work had to be put aside Mollie decided that they could still be members of Tidy Town Committee. Mollie and Aubrey would regularly pick up rubbish or weed, around the Singleton district, mostly at their chosen garden in Munro Street, near Singleton Railway Station. Mollie passed away on 17 February, 2011.  Mollie and Aubrey are honoured and remembered in the Singleton Hall of Fame as true pillars of this community.