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FALLAW, Ronald Fife OAM (1931-2010)

FALLAW, Ronald Fife OAM (1931-2010)

Ronald Fife Fallaw, landscaper, of Mornington was well known on Victoria's Mornington Peninsula as a committed musician, conductor and talented violinist. He first joined the Frankston Symphony Orchestra in 1980 and led it as President from 1986 to 2007. At a similar time he also joined the Frankston
Music Society of which he was a committee member from 1983 to 2009 and its President from 1984 to 1994. He helped found both the Mornington Music Society and the Peninsula Music Society of which he was a member for 45 years and the holder of various positions including President. He was also Musical Director of the Mornington Musicale.

Ron Fallaw Football, 1948)

Ron Fallaw Football, 1948)

In 2011, he was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia in the Australia Day Honours. The award cited his ‘service to the community of the Mornington Peninsula, to the arts and to local government'. As a member of the Mornington Rotary Club from 1981 to 2010. he held various executive roles including President in 1994-5 and was especially involved in the organising the Rotary Mornington Art Exhibition. His involvement in local government included Presidency of the Mornington Shire Council and membership of the Mornington Sewage Authority, Mount Eliza Sewage Authority and the Mornington Foreshore Reserves Committee. He also fought for the retention and restoration of the Mornington Community Hall.

Ron was educated at the College from 1938 to 1948 as a member of Shannon House. In 1946, he was the boys Under 14 Swimming Champion and in 1948 played in the 1st Football XVIII. In 1948, he was also a member of the Swimming Committee. His father Henry Charlton Fallaw (1906-1988) had attended the College from 1923 to 1944.

Sources: Geelong Advertiser 30 Jan 2010; Herald Sun (Melb) 2 Feb 2010; Ad Astra June 2010. Australia Day Honours List, 2011. OGC 1944.
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