Thursday, January 26, 2017

Australia Day honour for Kerry Murtagh

A FORMER Derwent Valley man has been awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia for his service to veterans and their families. Originally from Maydena but now living in Queensland, Mr Murtagh served with the Australian Army in Vietnam and has dedicated several decades to the welfare of his fellow veterans across several states.

His community service in the Derwent Valley included terms as president, secretary and licensee of the Maydena RSL Sub-Branch between 1971 and 1986. He is also a life member of the Maydena RSL. Mr Murtagh has also served as secretary of the Maydena Football Club and Maydena Anglers Club.

Mr Murtagh was a member of the Lions Club of Ceduna, South Australia, from 1991-94, and a member of Legacy Clubs at Townsville and Charters Towers, Queensland. Since 2004 he has been the pensions and welfare officer at the Legacy Club of Fraser Coast and Country Burnett, Queensland.

He is a national life member of the Vietnam Veterans Association of Australia and was a founding member and state president in Tasmania, also serving in the Derwent Valley and St Helens Sub-Branches and establishing the Mount Tom Price Sub-Branch, Western Australia, around 1986. He was also involved in establishing the Vietnam Veterans' Counselling Service.

Congratulations Kerry Murtagh OAM.

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