Recognising 50 years of service to the community
CAMP Hill resident Athol Rushton, 90, has celebrated 50 years of service as a justice of the peace. Mr Rushton was presented with a certificate and badge by MP Joe Kelly.
Mr Rushton was appointed a justice of the peace in March 1965, when he was promoted to bank manager in Wondai. It was a requirement at that time for bank managers to become a JP.
Mr Rushton was 15 when he started working as a bank clerk in Warwick in 1941. He served for five years in the RAAF during WWII, then returned to the bank. He retired in 1985, after serving the bank throughout Queensland for 44 years.
"JPs provide a valuable service to our community and it is all done on a voluntary basis, 50 years of voluntary service is a very special achievement," said Mr Kelly.