INVERLOCH resident Eulalie Brewster recently travelled to Government House, Melbourne, to receive her Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) from the Victorian Governor, Ms Linda Dessau.
The OAM was announced on Australia Day in January this year, but COVID-10 restrictions meant the investiture ceremony was deferred until December 2.
Mrs Brewster, aged 94, received the award for her services to the Inverloch community, notably local history (she is patron and a founding member of the Inverloch Historical Society) and conservation (she is a founding member of the South Gippsland Conservation Society).
After retiring to Inverloch in 1974, Mrs Brewster and her late husband Oswald were active members of numerous community organisations, including Meals on Wheels, Red Cross Calling, Field Naturalists Clubs, Birdlife Australia, Inverloch Uniting Church and Girl Guides.
Our Inverloch library holds copies of Mrs Brewster’s numerous books on aspects of local history and conservation, and she is still the go-to person for questions on local history, fielding several enquiries every week. For many years she led history walks around Inverloch, and also led coastal biology and botany excursions for school groups and others.
Although modest about her community service achievements, Mrs Brewster was delighted that her four children, including three who live interstate, were able to attend the presentation ceremony with her. Many locals regard her as a ‘living treasure’!