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Awarded for service to the Community
Born: 11 December 1924
Entered on roll: 2009
Lilah Maude Fitzallen was born on 11 December 1924 in Rosevale, Tasmania. On completion of her schooling, Lilah worked as a domestic at the Launceston General Hospital. She continued her work as a member of the relief staff at the Hospital after marrying and while raising her two daughters.
Lilah has given generously of her time and this is shown through her community involvement and contribution to local organisations for over 50 years.
When Tasmanian football resumed after WWII, Lilah became a volunteer for the North Launceston Football Club. She started selling raffle tickets in York Park in 1945 and became Chairman and Secretary of the Social Club. Lilah catered for the Club, organised players’ teas and assisted with numerous fundraising activities. She has even boarded players when needed. It is said that there would not be many football fans in Launceston who has not bought a pie or saveloy from Lilah.
In 1969 Lilah was awarded Life Membership to the North Launceston Football Club. In 2005, she received a Service Award from the Club for her 50 years of outstanding service to the sport. She received a standing ovation when presented with her certificate.
Lilah has also been a member of the Australian Labor Party Sisterhood for over 40 years. She continues to play an active role by supporting candidates with fundraising, catering for functions and promoting the status of women.
In 1996, Lilah was recognised by the Launceston City Council for her contribution of 5 000 hours of voluntary work to the local community. Lilah was also honoured with a Citizen Award in 2004 for her outstanding contribution to the community.
In 2008, Lilah’s contribution for her tireless volunteer work for the Launceston General Hospital Auxiliary was recognised with a Life Membership from the Tasmanian Hospital Auxiliaries.