Waratah Brass is proud to announce our newest Life Member The Honorable Milton Morris AO. Mr Morris was presented with his life membership and commemorative plaque at the recent Proms at the Lake concert on 29th September, 2013 by another Waratah Brass Life Member Jimmy McNeill. Grahame Scott gave a wonderful speech on Mr Morris’ life, career and association with the band.
Milton Morris AO is a most respected politician who represented the Electoral district of Maitland between March 1956 and August 1980. 24 years, which included 10 years as Minister for Transport. He was also Minister for Lands and Minister for Decentralisation and Development at various times.
On his departure from parliament, he was permitted by Queen Elizabeth II, on the Governor’s recommendation, to continue to use the title “The Honorable”. With regard to Honours, in 1988, he became an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) for his contribution to politics, youth and the community.
Not one to sit on his afterthoughts, following his retirement Mr Morris has supported the local area by serving with a number of Community based organisations.
Chairman of Hunter Valley Training.
Honorary Chairman of Lewis House Apprentice Hostel, Mayfield
Patron of East Maitland sub branch, Returned Serviceman’s League
Patron of Mai Wel Handicapped Association.
Honorary Prefect of Hunter Christian School (formally Mayfield Christian Community School)
And: Patron of Waratah Brass
During the time Milton has been involved with Waratah Brass he has taken a keen interest in the organisation, particularly to do with the training band, Wallsend Youth and Community Brass. As our patron, Milton has been generous in many ways to Waratah Brass and we as an organisation owe much to him, although, he would have none of that!