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Frank lives by ‘love thy neighbour’
There aren’t too many people who can claim to have lived
in the same street all their life, but that’s just one of many
achievements of Goodwood stalwart Frank Barrett.
Frank grew up in Hardy Street, Goodwood, moved across
the road after he married Colleen, who he met at a local
Catholic dance, and owned the corner grocery store just a
few doors down for nearly five decades.
For the past 65 years he has been actively involved in
the Goodwood Catholic Parish, the St Vincent de Paul
Society Conference and the Knights of the Southern
Cross. Frank has also been a member of Neighbourhood
Watch and the local Probus Club and he was a volunteer
for Meals and Wheels for 15 years. In between all this he
found time to raise seven children, working for bookie
Brian Moyle at the races every Saturday to help put them
through Catholic schools.
Approaching 88, Frank now spends four hours three
days a week on dialysis and cares for wheel-chair bound
Colleen, but he still attends meetings with the Vinnies
Conference and Knights of the Southern Cross, and his
home is the drop-off point for bottles and cans which he
recycles to raise funds for Vinnies.
It’s little wonder that Frank was recognised for his
outstanding contribution to the community with a Medal
for the Order of Australia (OAM) in the latest Queen’s
Birthday Honours list. This follows a national Australia Day
Council Citizen Award in 1998.
“It was a bit of a shock to the system,” said Frank. “I think
someone from Vinnies might have had something to do
From the late 1940s until recently, Frank has visited
people in need in his neighbourhood and offered a range
of support including food parcels and clothing. He has
been the Vinnies contact person for all home calls and
assessments and he has held the position of treasurer,
coordinated packing and delivery of Christmas hampers
and organised volunteers for the annual St Vincent de
Paul badge days. He has been energetically involved in
fundraising and has been a constant advocate for the
work of the Society.
As a devoted member of the Knights of the Southern
Cross (KSC), Frank has been the key driver of KSC wine
sales and has sold the highest amount of wine of any
person in South Australia. He has attended monthly
meetings and been a key organiser for quarterly dinners.
He was made an Order of the Knights in 2012.
Frank’s involvement in the Goodwood parish school for
more than 30 years included helping to organise picnics
and dances and participating in many working bees.
During the 46 years that he ran the grocery store (with
its trademark Rosella logo on the wall), he frequently
assisted many people in need, often by offering goods at
Fellow Vinnies Conference member Peter Williams said
Frank’s ongoing, consistent and diverse contribution to
the community was “quite extraordinary”.
“So many people’s lives are the richer for having been
assisted and supported by him and so many people
for whom his life’s commitment has been a wonderful
inspiration,” he said.
Other Queen’s Birthday 2016 Honours recipients
(OAM) are Dr Peter Balan an active member of the Holy
Name Catholic Church St Peter’s, for service to tertiary
education and the community, and Mr Michael Nguyen,
for service to the Vietnamese community in SA.
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