Saturday Presentation and Workshop:

The Changing Faces of Rural Australia: Migration and its impact on smaller communities

Eddie Whitham was awarded the 2014 Tamworth Citizen of the Year largely due to his humanitarian work with refugees who have relocated to the area. In 2012 he was Awarded Local Hero award by Jewish group Courage to Care  for humanitarian work over 40 years. More of Eddie’s achievements and interests are listed here:

Tamworth moved to Tamworth in 1968 with wife Barbara. They have a son a daughter and four grandchildren
Founder of Whitham’s Office Furniture Warehouse 1974
Honorary advocate for migrants and refugees since 1978
Chairman Tamworth Refugee Resettlement Committee 1979-88
Chairman of Multicultural Tamworth Inc
Chairman Tamworth Uniting Care Migrant Resource Committee 2007
Member of Regional Advisory Boards of Community Relations Commission of NSW and Multicultural NSW
Accredited Lay Preacher Uniting Church
Member Tamworth Literary Society
Eddie and his wife Barbara have extensively travelled more than seventy Countries
Member Tamworth Library Writers Group
Published 120 short stories and three novels

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