We are thrilled to congratulate one of our members, Graham Lockwood OAM for being the recipient of a Medal of the Order of Australia in the General division at the Queen’s Birthday awards. Graham has received this recognition for his service to community through a range of roles.
Most impressive is the work Graham has done with Rotary International. President of Probus Club of Port Melbourne 2019-2020; President of Rotary Club of Melbourne South 1999-2000; Honorary Member since 2010; Leader with the City of Port Phillip building of two pre-schools in Suai, East Timor 1999-2003; Past Chair of District 9800 Rotary Foundation Committee 1990-1991, Awarded Paul Harris Sapphire Pin, 2000; Past Chair, International Committee; Leader with the District Group Study Exchange team to New Mexico and West Texas, USA in 1984; Chair, District 9790 Rotaract Committee, 1980s; Leader, Rotary District Rotaract team to Japan, 1979; Past Member, West Footscray Club, 1980s; Awarded Paul Harris Fellow; Past President, Heidelberg Club, 1977-1978; Member, Rotary Club of in Newstead, Brisbane, 1968.
From his early years Graham served in the Australian military. Across 28 years, from 1950 through to 1978 his service saw nine Artillery, Infantry Units and Formations in Victoria, New South Wales, and Queensland. He was attached to the 1st and 2nd Pacific Island Regiments in mid-1966, and was attached to the 9th Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment in South Vietnam from December 1968 – January 1969. Member of the 58/32 Infantry Battalion, Victorian Boer War Memorial, Melbourne University Regiment, and the Defence Force Reserves Associations. He was Commanding Officer of the Monash University Regiment 1971-1973, and President of The Naval and Military Club in 1987/88, Graham was awarded the Efficiency Decoration and Reserve Force Decoration for his many years of Military service.
Interspersed with his military involvement, Graham has held many roles as an accomplished businessman. Graduating from Melbourne University with a Bachelor of Commerce and working with Godfrey Phillips P/L 1953-55, Australian Paper Manufacturers Ltd and Containers Ltd (Amcor) 1955-94 in senior managerial positions in Accounting, Sales, Manufacturing and Corporate Affairs. Additionally, Graham has held the positions of Chief Executive Officer at Vicgate P/L, Executive Director of Table Tennis Victoria in 1997-2001, Vice President of Australia China Business Council Victoria in 1992-1997, and was a member of the Victorian Government Trade Mission to China in 1997.
Graham originally became involved with Lord Somers Camp and Power House as a Light Blue Grouper when he attended Lord Somers Camp in 1950. Due to his business and military commitments, he was unable to return to as a volunteer during his youth. Now reconnected with the organisation in later years, Graham is a regular face amongst Olds and Bolds outings.
As well as his ongoing involvement of LSC&PH, Graham has generously supported many other organisations across the years. A volunteer guide at the Melbourne Cricket Ground since 2001 and a guide at the Melbourne Shrine of Remembrance between 2000-17. With Claremont and South Port Aged Care (formally Claremont Homes) Graham was a member of the Finance Committee and Governing board between 1995-2008, and was made a Life Governor in 2007, and continues to provide volunteer support at Napier Street hospice. Serving his local council, City of Port Phillip, Graham has been a member of the World War I and World War II Commemorative Committees, was previous member of the Audit Committee, and initiated the restoration of nine Boer War, World War I and ll, and Vietnam War memorials since 2003.
An avid sportsman across many fields including Football (Premierships Caulfield Grammarians 1953, Eastern Suburbs, Sydney 1954-1955), Cricket (Caulfield Sub District, Caulfield Grammarians, The Navel and Military Club and sub district cricket teams in Sydney and Brisbane), Pennant Squash with The Naval and Military Club 1970-1989, and Tennis (Caulfield Park, Royal South Yarra Tennis Clubs and pennant in clubs in Sydney and Brisbane). To this day, Graham is still an active golfer, and has recently retired from tennis.
Graham married Lois Therese Thomson (dec) in 1960 and has three children Andrew, Claire and Leonie and five grandchildren Kai, Josh, Alison, Declan and Cara.
Congratulations Graham and thank you for all your contributions to the Australian community.