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LAIDLAW, Adam Ian (1926-2010)

LAIDLAW, Adam Ian, BEM (1926-2010)

Ian Laidlaw was the first President of the OGCA Grampians Branch and was well known in the Ararat community. He attended Ararat High School and boarded at the College from 13 February 1941 to December 1942 becoming a member of Shannon House and cox of the 2nd VIII of 1942. His enrolment address was Larrie Yalloak, Willaura.

As with many rural people, Ian had a strong affiliation with the local fire brigade, and was captain of the Tatyoon Rural fire Brigade for over 20 years from 1956-1977. His dedication went far beyond the local brigade however with Ian becoming a Board Member of the CFA from 1974 to 1983, a member of the Victorian Rural Fire Brigades Association from 1962 to 1982 and its president from 1977 to 1979. Ian was also a past President of the Ararat Graziers Association. His local government activity included a lengthy period as a Councillor of the Shire of Ararat from 1987 to 1994 and its President in 1993-94.

In 1978, Ad Astra reported that Ian Laidlaw of 'Tatyoon, Vic had been awarded the British Empire Medal (BME) for services to the rural community' .

Ian Laidlaw, grazier of ‘Kulkurt North’, Tatyoon died on 25 September 2010.

Sources: Ad Astra September 1978; R Laidlaw; Stawell Times 28 Sep 2010; Ad Astra Dec 2015 p57. OGC 1940.
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