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Monday, 20 August 2001
Page: 29696


Mr MOSSFIELD (1:48 PM) —The month of July saw the passing of one of Blacktown's best known identities, Stanley Beecroft OAM. Stan lived in Blacktown for 60 years. Stan and his wife Dorrie, who preceded him, had five sons. Both Stan and Dorrie were active in the community and parish life. Stan worked long and hard for the St Vincent de Paul Society, being a member for 40 years, and he was involved in activities which included being regional treasurer for 10 years, visitation of Blacktown Hospital every Sunday morning for 25 years, and raising finance through bottle collections to assist the Scheyville Migrant Camp.

Stan was responsible for the first major financial initiative of the parish through his organisation of a boxing tournament in 1948. In 1989, Stan's efforts in working for the community were acknowledged when he was awarded the Order of Australia Medal. Rugby league played a major part in Stan's life, being treasurer of the Blacktown Rugby League Club from 1939 to 1943, and he was the keenest Parramatta supporter you could find. Stan was a life member of the Blacktown Agricultural Society and successfully exhibited poultry both locally and throughout the state with breeds of Rhode Island Whites, pit games and bantams. Stan was an active member of the Australian Labor Party and worked tirelessly for the establishment of Blacktown Hospital. I knew Stan personally for the past 40 years, and I can confirm that Blacktown has lost one of its finest citizens.


Mr SPEAKER —I apologise to the member for Corangamite. Because of his role as government whip, I thought he was, as he often does, standing in the chamber not seeking the call. I call the member for Corangamite.