David Meiklejohn is awarded the Member of the Order of Australia.
David Meiklejohn is awarded the Member of the Order of Australia. KELCEY MICHELLE

Meiklejohn wins Australian honour

DAVID Meiklejohn has come a long way since his schoolboy days growing up on Maryborough’s Woodstock Street.

Four years ago he became the president of a little club in Victoria called the Melbourne Cricket Club.

He is a director on the boards of ANZ Bank and Coca Cola.

This week he was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia.

A long way from Maryborough it may be but the 67-year-old was happy to take a moment and a jaunt down memory lane yesterday morning.

“I have very fond memories of growing up there,” he said before heading out for an Australia Day luncheon at the MCG.

Mr Meiklejohn went to primary school at Maryborough Central before “crossing the Oval” to Maryborough Boys High School.

After taking a commerce degree and diploma in education in Brisbane he returned to Maryborough High to teach in the early 1960s.

He wife Wendy is also a Maryborough native. The couple was married in Hervey Bay. Wendy’s mother, Nina Wilson, still lives in Maryborough.

It was his job with Australian Paper Manufacturers that took Mr Meiklejohn away from the Fraser Coast, first to Brisbane in 1965 and eventually to Melbourne.

He had been a keen hockey player with Wallaroos in Maryborough and he was looking to keep involved with the sport he loved when he first went knocking on the door of the Melbourne Cricket Club about 1987.

“The MCC has a whole range of sports. There are 14 sports sections,” the club’s president says.

“It’s a big club. We have 100,000 members.”

Mr Meiklejohn said his AM was “a recognition of the club and how the MCG and MCC have become part of the sporting fabric of Australia.

“It is an association of clubs and promotion of sports.”



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