Brian was born in Townsville on the 24th May 1934. As his father moved in his occupation on the railways, Brian didn’t return to Townsville until 1947.
While attending many different schools, Brian participated in several plays. He enjoyed performing so much, he took speech and singing lessons after school. These were curtailed during the World War Two period.
Brian joined Queensland Rail as a clerk on completion of his schooling where he worked for 47 years. He was promoted to “Operations Manager” in charge of “Coal and Minerals” in the Northern Area.
Brian renewed his interest in music and singing when he joined the Townsville Choral and Orchestral Society in 1956. Subsequently he participated in all aspects of the Society’s activities. He sang in the choir and performed solos at Eisteddfods with success; He performed in the Society’s Musicals and the Society’s Theatre Restaurants; He was a member of the Management Committee after 1962; He fulfilled the roles of Treasurer, Secretary and Librarian; In later years he filled the role of Production Manager for Musicals up to his illness in early 2016.
During his years of dedication to the Choral Society, his wife Daphne was a constant ally as joint Secretary/Treasurer. They retired from the committee in 2001. He met Daphne at choir and they were married in 1957. She passed away in 2010.
Brian and Daphne were also involved with the North Queensland Eisteddfod and the Townsville Juvenile Eisteddfod for decades
Brian was particularly proud of his special achievements such as:- Playing the role of Colonel Pickering in “My Fair Lady” a number of times; The awarding of his “Life Membership” of the Choral Society in 1985; Acquisition of the performance rights to the first local production of “Les Miserable” in 1994; The Townsville City Council “Life Time Achievement Award” with Daphne in 1999.
Brian passed away on the 8th of May 2016.
(information supplied by Mervyn Smith)