Dedication to honouring soldiers leads to Victoria Park Australia Day Citizenship Award for Jacqui Liddiard

Jacqui Liddiard receives her award from Town of Victoria Park’s Australia Day Ambassador Professor Lyn Beazley and Town of Victoria Park Mayor Trevor Vaughan.
Jacqui Liddiard receives her award from Town of Victoria Park’s Australia Day Ambassador Professor Lyn Beazley and Town of Victoria Park Mayor Trevor Vaughan.

A DEDICATION to make sure Victoria Park army personnel are remembered has earned Jacqui Liddiard an honour.

Mrs Liddiard has been secretary and treasurer of the Victoria Park RSL sub-branch for eight years and was given the Town of Victoria Park Australia Day Citizenship Award for an individual.

Her main project has been researching and finding out the people eligible to be recognised through plaques at the RSL headquarters.

“It sounds strange but I’ve always been fascinated by graveyards and headstones and so it spurred me on to look into the history of people from Victoria Park who served,” she said.

“It’s quite a detailed thing to do. I get in touch with different agencies and put advertisements out to see if people fit the criteria: they must have been born in Victoria Park or have lived here when they enlisted.

“There were 430 names that we verified from World War I that were put on the wall.”

Mrs Liddiard said she was verifying names from World War II to add to the other names.

“There will be at least 2500 names; I’m hoping to finish by October or November in time for Anzac Day in 2018,” she said.

“I think this is something that is worthwhile because these people need to be remembered.”

Mrs Liddiard said she was surprised by the honour and she did not expect to receive it.

“I was surprised by the award; I do my volunteer work to help out and not for the accolades,” she said.

“I felt special though; it was nice to be honoured and it made me feel special to be honoured.

“My husband Kelvin is a former president of the branch and my father was in the military.”