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SPITTLE, Dr Malcolm Archibald (1926-2017)

SPITTLE, Dr Malcolm Archibald (1926-2017)

Malcolm Spittle (Athletics 1943).

Malcolm Spittle (Athletics 1943).

Born at Birchip on 30 June 1926, the son of Archibald Andrew Spittle and Jessie Sarah nee Barber, he was enrolled at Geelong College as a boarder from 13 February 1941 to December 1943. He had previously attended Birchip State School. At College he was in the 1st Football XVIII in 1942 and 1943, the 1st Rowing VIII in 1943, and the Athletics teams of 1941, 1942 and 1943 which he captained in 1942 and 1943. He was also a Cadets Corps corporal and a member of the Swimming Committee.

During World War II, he enlisted (No. PM 7595) on 4 July 1944 in the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) as an Able Seaman and served on HMAS Goulburn from 29 January 1945 until 19 March 1946, when he was discharged from HMAS Lonsdale.

Malcolm Spittle Veteran's Pairs Co-Winner 1997-98

Malcolm Spittle Veteran's Pairs
Co-Winner 1997-98

He became a veterinarian after graduating BVSc from Sydney University in 1954, later operating a small animal practice and settling on a small farm at Merricks North running Angus cattle. He married Joan and had three children. He retired from practice in about 1997.

Throughout his life he remained interested in the environment and conservation and a member of 'Population Australia' and the 'Australian Conservation Foundation' (ACF).

His father, Archibald Andrew Spittle (1898-1968), and brother, William Spittle, were also educated at Geelong College.

Malcom died on 6 February 2017. His memorial service was held at St George's Church, Red Hill and he is memorialized at the RSL Wall, Springvale Botanical Cemetery.

Sources: 'Geelong Collegians' at the Second World War' by James Affleck p488 (citing The Pegasus; Australian War Memorial; National Archives). OGC 1940.
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