ORDER IN THE HOUSE: Ian Litchfield wasn’t certain at first whether his Order ofAustralia award was serious.
HAMPTON identity Ian Litchfieldhad an unorthodox reaction when hereceived a letter telling him he had beenawarded an Order of Australia.
“There were two things I did,” hesaid.
“I checked the date to see if it wasApril Fools’ Day, or whether I needed ascotch.
“After checking the date, I decided itwas time for scotch.”
Mr Litchfield, a member of OberonRSL Sub Branch, received the award inthe Queen’s Birthday Honours List forservice to his community.
A former resident at Killara onSydney’s North Shore, and jackaroo atBlayney, Mr Litchfield has led a full life –and shows no signs of slowing down.
He has been involved with theLowther War Memorial Trust (he was afoundation member), has been chiefwool steward at the Rydal Show since1967, has spent 30 years as chairmanand secretary of the Hampton ParkReserve Trust, and is a warden of theHampton St Thomas Church.
He has been a member of theLowther-Hampton bushfire brigadesince 1959.
He has been president of theHampton Public School P and C,Lowther-Ganbenang representativeon the NSW FarmersFederation, the AgriculturalBureau, and Hartley branch ofthe NSW Farmers, foundationmember and secretary of theBlaxland Shire LandholdersAssociation and secretarythroughout its existence, secretaryof the Ratepayers Associationof NSW regional division,and a Justice of the Peace.
Before moving to Hampton,Mr Litchfield served in theAustralian Navy, joining at age18. He served on the HMASBataan as part of the SeventhFleet based in the Philippines.
“After the atom bomb blast Iwas part of the first squadrondeployed to Tokyo Bay only acouple of days before the signingof the surrender on December2, 1945,” Mr Litchfield said..
“I was only in the navy for acouple of years, but after the wara lot of my mates were leaving.
“I returned to Killara inSydney and attended SydneyUniversity, studying engineering.After the war there were toomany students enrolled and youbattled to get a spot in any lectures.”
After leaving university, MrLitchfield worked in the textileindustry for many years atVillawood.
“I was always interested infarming and as my father camefrom Cooma, we were alwaysvisiting and that’s where my lovefor the land began.
“I was only 22 years old whenI started work as a jackaroo at aproperty in Blayney. I went on towork at a property at MeadowFlat where we grew peas for thelocal Edgells factory.
“In 1959, along with my wifeJudith, we purchased ‘HickoryHill’ at Hampton and the rest ishistory.
“Hickory Hill” had two electricitywind turbines installed in2001.
Mr Litchfield will receive hismedal at a ceremony at GovernmentHouse in Sydney at the endof September or in early October.
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