A life spent giving back to Caboolture community

A life spent giving back to Caboolture community

For Bolton Clarke Fernhill retirement village resident Art McClure, Caboolture has been home for more than a century.

And despite the call of war taking him away for a short while, it was the only place he ever wanted to return to.

“Caboolture has always been home to me,” he said.

Art was born on 23 March, 2018 and remembers riding his horse to school in the town’s early days.

“When I had to go to school, Dad broke a horse in and so I rode the horse to school,” he says.

“Then when my brother and sister had to go to school we rode a horse and sulky.”

He worked on a sheep station in south-western Queensland, droving and doing a variety of other work, before joining the Army at 21 and training as a topographical surveyor.

On his return home, he settled down as a banana grower on his farm in the Maleny range before eventually moving back to Caboolture.

At 101, Art attributes his long life to staying active and engaging in everything he possibly could.   

“I’ve always kept myself busy and involved in the RSL,” he said.

“You’ve got to keep yourself active. I’ve done a lot of volunteering in my life.”

He served as a Fruit Steward for both the Caboolture Show Society and the Royal National Show, earned Rotary recognition as a Paul Harris Fellow and remains closely linked with Caboolture Meals on Wheels, where he was President for eight years.



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