Melville resident’s 60-year love affair with first-aid


George Ferguson’s interest in first-aid started in 1957.  Picture: Will Russell  d473714
George Ferguson’s interest in first-aid started in 1957. Picture: Will Russell d473714

GEORGE Ferguson fell in love with first-aid training after taking a course administered by St John 60 years ago and has been volunteering for the not-for-profit organisation ever since.

Having lived through so much of its history, the Melville resident is now a valuable part of the team of volunteers who man the St John Ambulance Museum in Belmont.

Earlier this month, the long-time St John servant and retired Education Department clerk was recognised for his efforts at the museum when he was named the Heritage Centre Volunteer of the Year.

“Back in 1957 I had an interest in first-aid work and a group of three or four friends and I decided to do a St John class,” Mr Ferguson said.

“I signed up to be a volunteer after that class and I’ve held various volunteer positions ever since.”

St John chief executive Tony Ahern praised Mr Ferguson for his long-time service.

“George has written the history of the development of St John in the western suburbs and has used his public service record management experience to benefit St John greatly,” he said.

“Since 2013, George has been using his expert research skills to compile an honour roll of the WA members of the Order of St John, dating back to 1892.

“George has held many leadership roles in his time and helped to establish a cadet division at the Mosman Park School for deaf children as well as assisting in the planning and building of the cadet camp in Busselton.

“He became a Knight of Grace with St John in 2011.”

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