Anthony (Tony) Morrison
Passed away 26 November 2002.
Tony Morrison Photo
married Catherine in 1958 and was blessed with five children, Grahame, Paul, Gerard, Margot and Justin.
was Grandfather `Tone' to five grandchildren, Samantha, Georgia, Hayley, Phoebe and Chloe who he
adored very much.
In 1961 at 27 years of age with two small boys and one on the way, Tony
back in a stock mustering accident.
spent months immobilised in plaster and two years in back braces.
never complained and got on with the job of supporting his
family and running the farm.
Although restricted somewhat physically, he
always maintained a positive outlook and a good sense of humour becoming involved in local community organisations.
In 1952 he
first big bushfire that started at Mt Stromlo burning through the urban fringes of Red Hill, Tuggeranong, Royalla and burnt nearly to the coast.
The 1985 bushfires completely burnt out his
property "Rob Roy" and also "Monaro Station".
was lucky to save his
house and farm buildings.
Tony was an active member over the years with the Tuggeranong, Tharwa, Williamsdale and Guises Creek Bushfire Brigades.
He was a foundation member of Williamsdale Bushfire Brigade when it was formed in 1957.
In the late eighties when Williamsdale Bushfire Brigade was split into two brigades due to cross border problems, Tony became the first President of Guises Creek Bushfire Brigade.
held that position during the establishment and co-location of the Emergency Services Brigade with the Bushfire Brigade and until his
death in November 2002.
liked to become involved in all Brigade activities from the construction of the first shed, brigade administration, training, fundraising and social events.
and Cath both made their property available for the FESTA exercise carried out each year.
was awarded the National Medal with 35 years service, the N.S.W. Long Service Medal with 38 years service and was one of the Bushfire Volunteers to accept 'Canberran of the Year' after the 1985 bushfires.
He had a real love for the land and was a foundation member of the Royalla/Williamsdale Landcare Group, a member of the Williamsdale Wombats Cricket team, the A.C.T. Rural Lessees Association and had a deep involvement in the Sacred Heart Catholic Church at Tuggeranong.