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19 June, 2020

Queen honour for former Ilfracombe boy

A FORMER Ilfracombe schoolboy has been recognised as a Member (AM) in the General Division of the Queen’s Birthday honours by Queensland Governor, His Excellency the Honourable Paul de Jersey AC.

By Hamish Hart

Mentor and mentee…Recently honoured AM, David Muir, alongside a statue of former Brisbane Lord Mayor, Clem Jones, which is now situated outside City Hall.

The award to David Muir, now of Brisbane, was for significant service to the community through welfare, social justice and charitable organisations.

Born in 1955 at the Longreach Hospital, Mr Muir was raised in the district at Glenferrie Station near Ilfracombe where former Governor-General, Quentin Bryce, spent her childhood.

Following four years at home studying with governesses, Mr Muir attended the Ilfracombe State School before travelling to Brisbane where he attended boarding school in 1966.

Although he spent a lot of his time away, Mr Muir said he held his bush heritage close to his heart, especially having fond memories of the family property before it was sold in 1978.

“I’m very proud of my bush heritage,” Mr Muir said. “I would come home during the school holidays, sometimes by plane or train, which was an adventure in itself.

“I have made friends everywhere I’ve travelled. On my 21st birthday, cars drove from everywhere, so we had my bush and city friends together in one place and we had such a good time.”

Currently Chair of Clem Jones Trust, which campaigns for voluntary assisted death, Mr Muir received his AM for his contributions to several institutions, including Foodbank Queensland, Crime Stoppers Queensland, Brisbane Metropolitan Lions Club, and the Queensland Chapter of Amnesty International.

He is also chair of the Real Republic movement.

Mr Muir said he was privileged to be considered for the Queen’s Birthday AM, owing his honour to the organisations and people that shaped him into the person he is now over the past 40 years.

“Former Brisbane Lord Mayor, Clem Jones, was a wonderful mentor for me,” Mr Muir said. “I’ve gone back since Glenferrie burnt down and caught up with friends like Rob Chandler and Longreach Council CEO, Mitchell Murphy.

“I value the connections we have with the central west and I hope it gets to rain soon because when it’s green out there, it’s beautiful.”

Mr Muir has also been invested as a Knight of Honour of the Order of St John of Jerusalem in recognition of his community work.

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