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VIDEO: Five locals receive plaques on Walk of Achievers

MARY Hansen, Lester Peters, John Sinclair, David Meiklejohn and Tom Burns were added to the prestigious Walk of Achievers list on Saturday, bringing the number of recipients over the years to 85.

The Walk of Achievers recognises the remarkable accomplishments of Maryborough locals and committee member Councillor George Seymour said the five recipients deserved the accolade.

"They come from a range of backgrounds and each has achieved on a national and international level," he said.

Cr Seymour and three other Walk of Achievers committee members, Barb Hovard, Margaret Wroe and Greig Bolderrow considered a range of possible additions before naming the five.

"We picked them because they have followed their own paths and made a difference. They are people that we as a community can be very proud of," Cr Seymour said.

"It was a great opportunity to meet with the new entrants and their families. Lester, David and John were there.

"Sadly Mary and Tom have passed away but their families attended and it was great for them to see their relative recognised in such a way.

"They all really enjoyed reminiscing about growing up in Maryborough."

A plaque for John Sinclair has been added to Maryborough's Walk of Achievers on Wharf St.
A plaque for John Sinclair has been added to Maryborough's Walk of Achievers on Wharf St. Valerie Horton

John Sinclair

For more than four decades, a proud Maryborough boy John Sinclair led the fight to get the wisest use of Fraser Island's natural resources and to see his beloved island recognised on the World Heritage List.

Although his pro-conservation advocacy was unpopular in Maryborough at the at the height of his campaign in the 1970s, he was honoured in 2014 as an Officer of the Order of Australia for "distinguished service to conservation and the environment, through advocacy and leadership roles with a range of organizations, and to natural resource
management and protection".

Mary Hansen

Growing up in Maryborough, Mary Hansen was involved in a number of musical pursuits, a passion which she would continue throughout her life.

Living in London in 1992, she joined the band Stereolab as a second vocalist and guitarist.

She also contributed percussion and keyboards in the eclectic and highly distinctive group.

She remained a member of the band until her accidental death in 2002.

Stereolab has been recognised as one of the most influential and innovative bands of the 1990s.

David Meiklejohn

David Meiklejohn was born and educated in Maryborough and went on to become a director of a number of major Australian companies.

In 2007, he was also elected the 25th president of the Melbourne Cricket Club, manager of the Melbourne
Cricket Ground and was the first non-Victorian to hold this position in its 175-year history.

In recognition of his outstanding service to the club, he was awarded honorary life membership of the MCC in 2012.

Lester Peters

Lester Peters, grandson of Maryborough pioneer Marcus Boge, and a 1960 graduate of Maryborough Boys High
School, went on to become an internationally renowned and honoured cancer specialist and researcher whose work contributed significantly to improved treatment of cancers of the head and neck region.

He spent much of his professional life in the USA and was the first non-American to be elected president of the American Society for Radiation Oncology.

He was appointed inaugural Professor of Radiation Oncology at Australia's eminent Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre in Melbourne in 1995, and was made a Member of the Order of Australia in 2001.

In his later years, he set up the Peter MacCallum Cancer Foundation to foster ongoing advances in cancer research and treatment.

Tom Burns

Born in Maryborough in 1931, Tom Burns held many senior positions in the Australian Labor Party and the Queensland Parliament.

He was the federal president of the ALP from 1970 to 1973, playing an important role in the election of the Whitlam Government in 1972.

He served as the Leader of the Opposition in the Queensland Parliament from 1974 to 1978 and was the Deputy Premier between 1989 and 1996.

Following his retirement from parliament, he was the chairman of the Queensland-China Council and the Queensland Government special representative to Vietnam.

Topics:  john sinclair, mary hansen




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