Ipswich Meals on Wheels volunteers from left, Mary Lowe, Ruth Mullan and Pat Anderson, with the Governor of Queensland Paul de Jersey and son of Meals on Wheels founder Donald Cameron.
Ipswich Meals on Wheels volunteers from left, Mary Lowe, Ruth Mullan and Pat Anderson, with the Governor of Queensland Paul de Jersey and son of Meals on Wheels founder Donald Cameron. David Nielsen

Meals On Wheels honours Ipswich founder

THE Cameron name continues its association with Meals On Wheels 60 years after Rhoda Cameron established Queensland's first service in Ipswich.

Her niece Margaret Cameron, who still volunteers for the Ipswich service, attended the organisation's 60th anniversary celebration at Metro International Hotel on the weekend with Governor of Queensland Paul de Jersey, civic leaders, staff and volunteers from the organisation and other members of the Cameron family.

In 1956 Mrs Cameron, wife of then federal health minister Donald Cameron, decided to help those who could not adequately feed themselves.

Meals on Wheels had been operating in Britain since the Second World War and started in Melbourne and South Australia. Mrs Cameron started the first Queensland operation in her own kitchen at her Salisbury Rd home.

Mrs Cameron's son Donald Cameron and wife Gillian and her son-in-law Graham Douglas attended the anniversary along with Margaret Cameron.

About 170 guests attended the anniversary function with Meals On Wheels Queensland President Tony Charlesworth and representives from Gympie, Boonah, Townsville and Brisbane Meals On Wheels also joining the celebrations.

Mr de Jersey congratulated the organisation's army of volunteers for their efforts which helped keep people living in their own homes and spoke on the wonderful work of Mrs Cameron in establishing the service.


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