Next stage of the Queanbeyan Honour Walk to be unveiled

Published on 24 November 2017

Plaque in Stage 1 of Honour Walk

A little more than five years ago, Council unveiled the first stage of the Queanbeyan Honour Walk. On Thursday 30 November from 11am, stage two will be unveiled.

“The Honour Walk is one of the great ways that we remember Queanbeyan’s rich history and I am looking forward to seeing the next stage unveiled. The inductees are a diverse group, highlighting ground breaking women, sporting heroes and even a movie star,” Mayor Tim Overall said.

The Queanbeyan Honour Walk celebrates notable people, both past and present, who have made significant contributions to Queanbeyan or to the wider region.

In 2016, Council called for further nominations for stage 2 of the Honour Walk. These nominations were considered along with unsuccessful nominations received during stage 1.

Those to be inducted:

Charles McManus contributed to the City of Queanbeyan with outstanding support of the ex-service community and the dependants of ex-service personnel.

Miles Franklin, best known for her 1901 novel My Brilliant Career, grew up on Brindabella Station and established the Miles Franklin Award to recognise uniquely Australian literature.

George Lazenby, who moved to Queanbeyan at age 14 and attended Queanbeyan High School is most famous for his role as James Bond in the film On Her Majesty’s Secret Service.

Matt Giteau grew up in Queanbeyan, playing for the Queanbeyan Whites and played in 61 Super Rugby matches and earned 100 test caps with the Wallabies.

Alan Morton AM was born and raised in Queanbeyan. Alan played 11 tests for the Wallabies. He was awarded an OAM in 2001 for academic achievement in the development of Sports Science. Alan was also a member of the Medical and Fitness Testing Team for the Australian Olympic Team from 1972 to 1984.

Peter Morton BEM was one of the founding members of the Queanbeyan Whites Rugby Union Club. He was awarded the British Empire medal in 1972 for service to youth, physical fitness and sport. He achieved world standard in martial arts, being inducted into the Australasian Martial Arts Hall of Fame/World Karate Union Hall of Fame and awarded his 10th Dan Black Belt in 1998. The club house at David Campese Oval is also named in his honour.

Elizabeth McKeahnie owned and ran Blythburn, an 810ha cattle and dairy property and was one of the few women of her era to operate as a successful, independent pastoralist.

Thomas Wentworth Wills grew up in Burra and is known as the ‘father of AFL’. He was one of Australia’s greatest cricketers and was the coach and captain of the first Aboriginal XI to tour England.

Frank Bresnik Snr was a councillor from 1973-1985. He was one of the founders of the Queanbeyan Arts Society and provided over 50 years of service to small business, the arts and local government.

Peter Edward Sutton was a Queanbeyan born, gifted horticulturalist. He was a judge at horticultural shows and was regularly on TV, radio and in print. Peter managed the landscape of Canberra’s premier public gardens and was one of the originators of Floriade.

John James Wright was the first mayor of Queanbeyan between 1885 and 1888. He contributed strongly to the development of the city, opening the first Post Office in 1849 and successfully agitating for the railway.