Local Hero

Etched into his face are the lines that tell a story of a man who has led a challenging and remarkable life. Wallace Edwards, at 98 years young, has packed more into his life than most of us could ever hope for and this was recognised on Australia Day when he was awarded the Order of Australia.

Wallace became a Welfare Officer at the Harbord Diggers in the early 1990’s and has earned the respect and admiration of his peers and the community. Through his work he supports members of the community who are unwell by offering them a helping hand, and more importantly a friend.
You could be forgiven for thinking Wal was fortunate in his own life and therefore wanted to give back to others, but sadly this could not be further from the truth. Wal lost his own son Ross in 1985, aged 28, in a car accident, and his other son, Dennis, 68, in 2008 with a tumor. His grandson Rodney also passed away at only 38, also with a tumor.

“Wal’s greatest gift was his ability to empathise with others and his absolute endless capacity for compassion. I can think of no more deserving individual then Wal Edwards to accept an Order of Australia award. His spirit of community, of camaraderie and of simple human kindness is to be admired and applauded,” says Harbord Diggers General Manager, Dale Hunt.

Wallace Edwards is a remarkable individual, brining warmth and sunshine to those in the darkest places. He was able to solider on in the hardest of times, and continually wanted to help others.
We are blessed and honored to have such a human in our community. So from everyone at the Harbord Diggers, COVERED. magazine and the people of Freshwater, we want to say a huge and heartfelt, thank you, Wal.