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Vale Liz McLaurin 1939 - 2016


This weeks focus is on someone who will be dearly missed by the Berrigan Shire Council; one of our former Councillors, Liz McLaurin. Liz was a Councillor from 1999 to 2012 including a year as mayor in 2003. 

From an early age Liz had a love for horses and this stayed with her throughout her life. She moved to Deniliquin at 21 to work as governess for theMcAllister family at ‘Brassi’ and it was during this time met Rob McLaurin (dec.) whom she married at St Stephen’s Presbyterian Church in Sydney in October 1959.
The couple later settled near Tocumwal, where they dedicated their days farming ‘Turnabulla’ on the beautiful Murray River country between Deniliquin and Tocumwal on Lower River Rd. They had three sons — James, Tim and David.

She soon became well known for her passion for the community. There are fond memories of Liz meeting up for coffee most Sundays with her friends at the Tocumwal Antiques and Tea Rooms, where she’d spend time putting together items for her ‘Toc Tells’ community column which featured in the Southern Riverina News.

Liz began her volunteering with the SES during the 1975 floods at the flood emergency operations centre where she manned the phones. She soon became an integral member as the communications manager and the squad secretary. She is also believed to have been the first female member of the Tocumwal Search and Rescue Squad, and she received the national medal for service to the SES in Victoria and NSW. 

She was a long serving member of the Central Murray County Council, the Search and Rescue Squad, the local weed management board, Tocumwal Blowhole Trust and Meals on Wheels committee, and volunteered at the local Pony Club, Tocumwal Visitor Information Centre, Tocumwal Friends of the Library and with South West Arts. She was co-author of the local history book ‘Tocumwal, 150 Years’. 

Information sourced from the Southern Riverina News 7 September 2016.


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