Last week, as Australians paused to remember the sacrifice of the fallen during wartime, Federal Member for Chifley Ed Husic hosted an afternoon tea to present Certificates of Appreciation for the efforts of two locals on the home front.
Mrs Mavis Orton was presented with her Certificate of Appreciation to recognise her service in the Second World War. Mrs Orton was assigned to the St Mary’s Munitions factory where she was employed as a shorthand typist. She also worked at the Department of Labour and National Service in Sydney and at the RAAF Base, Scholfields.
Mrs Laurel Collison accepted a Certificate of Appreciation for service in the Second World War on behalf of her late father Mr Harry Alfred Hill Jnr. Mr Hill was employed by NSW Railway for the duration of WWII, his employment considered an essential service.
Mr Husic said it was important that we continue to recognise everybody’s efforts during war.
“We rightly focus our thoughts on those who fought in wars, and particularly those who made the ultimate sacrifice, but let’s not forget those who kept things going at home,” Mr Husic said.
“Certificates of Appreciation are just one way that the Australian Government expresses its gratitude to those who have given so much in protecting our country’s interests and helping to restore and maintain peace around the world.
“We also recognise the contribution made by those who worked on the home front, as an active support system, during the Second World War when Australia faced its greatest threat.
“I would encourage anyone who believes they or a family member may be entitled to this Certificate of Appreciation to contact my office for assistance.”