Joseph Peoples reflects on receiving a Medal of the Order of Australia for the Queen’s Birthday Honours List.
Joseph Peoples reflects on receiving a Medal of the Order of Australia for the Queen’s Birthday Honours List.

Joseph Peoples wins honour

AS a naval officer and a policeman, Joseph Peoples has dedicated his entire life to serving and protecting others.

Born in Mullumbimby before moving to Brunswick Heads, Mr Peoples joined the Australian Royal Navy as a 17-year-old in 1941.

His firs posting was aboard HMAS Rushcutter and then HMAS Cerberu,s where he was trained to operate the ship's machine guns, and later, depth charges.

After serving on the HMAS Birchgrove Park and the HMAS Kazembi, Mr Peoples served on t HMAS Lolita, which was attacked by enemy forces in 1945 off the shore of Alexishafen in Papua New Guinea.

Mr Peoples was on board when the first bomb hit the bridge, killing two of his friends.

Following his career in the Navy, Mr Peoples relocated to Queensland to join the police force.

He served in Brisbane for four years, Mackay for four years, and 11 years in Rockhampton, from where he retired to Kingscliff and immediately became involved with the Kingscliff RSL.

Mr Peoples was president of the sub-branch from 1987 to 2006 and still serves as the club's patron, at the age of 85.



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